MORGANTOWN, PA (August 30, 2019) – The blast furnace at Historic Joanna Furnace Iron Works has been preserved in time for the 43rd annual Hay Creek Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 6 to 8, 2019.
Almost 1,200 interpreters, craftsmen and volunteers are fine-tuning countless details for the event. Festival-goers will witness what a day in the 19th century Joanna Furnace community would have looked like.
For the first time, visitors will be able to see the preserved bosh, which is the interior lining of the blast furnace. It is one of the last remaining boshes in the eastern United States. This $160,000 project has been in research and planning for almost five years and was underwritten in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Conservation Equity Fund of Berks County Community Foundation.
Grants from the Conservation Equity Fund support the preservation and conservation of open space, environmentally sensitive land, and historic properties in Berks County.
For more information, read this article in the Berks Mont News.