Kid Friendly: Registration for Free Plaster Casting Activity Hosted by Hopewell Furnace


Free Educational Plaster Casting Activity at the Maryland Iron Festival!

There will be three sessions on Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd at 10, 12 and 2pm

Please note that this not the live iron pour activity. 


Join rangers from Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in a hands-on activity demonstration to make a mini-Hopewell stove plate pattern! The hour-long activity will help participants understand the iron molding and casting process. 

The program is designed for adults and children 3rd grade and above. Families may work on one mold together. While the molds are hardening, rangers will talk with participants about Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and answer questions. Pre-registration for this free program is strongly recommended! 


More Information:

Moulders were essential and skilled furnace workers who used wooden flasks, sand, and a pattern to produce a mold into which molten iron was poured to produce a cast iron product. A Moulders job was both intricate and tenuous. They would only receive pay for the weight of a successfully produced cast. 

The program will take place near the furnace ruins on the green.