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Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

The Art Of Making Charcoal At Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is an example of a charcoal iron plantation. Charcoal was the fuel of the iron furnace and its production was an integral part of the plantation. Several times each summer, in a small fenced-in area west of the charcoal barn, colliers, or charcoal makers, practice the art of producing charcoal using a charcoal pit.

Crisp September Weather Brings Crisp Apples, Along with History, To the National Parks

Finally, the most-anticipated month for visiting national parks has arrived. That's right, September, the month when apples ripen and are ready for picking. From Pennsylvania to Utah and on west to California, the desire to bite into a nice crisp apple, or pick a bag or bushel for pies and sauce, are luring visitors to parks.

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