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Hopewell Furnace is a National Historic Site situated about 30 miles from Valley Forge in Elverson, Pennsylvania.  It was an iron plantation (all paid labor, no slaves) that played a vital role in the American Revolution and assisted in laying the foundation for America’s Industrial Age.

My family has visited several times but on this particular sweltering summer afternoon, it was just my daughter and me strolling the deserted grounds.  The peaceful, picturesque surroundings belie the fact that at one time the furnace operated twenty-four hours a day and was accompanied by a bustle of activity throughout the village.

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This post was inspired by WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes.  If you have time, take a look at some of the other storytelling taking place through pictures here.

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