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Area Clans (Irish or not) gather at Joanna Furnace Irish Breakfast

March 17 breakfast features hearty, traditional Irish buffet

By From Hay Creek Valley Historical Association

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is a-wear’n the green!! So pick up an Irish Brogue, bring your clan and your appetite to an Irish Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, March 17 from 7 a.m. to noon.

That morning Joanna Furnace, figuratively, turns green with the best Gaelic atmosphere and eating imaginable. And if the food isn’t enough to draw people to the furnace, the entire buffet will be enhanced by traditional Irish music performed by HCVHA’s own Lady of Song, Phyllis Hummel.

Many of the early Joanna Furnace workers were Irish.

This homage to Ireland will feature a hearty, traditional Irish buffet of Pancakes, French toast, County Sausage, Homemade Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Scrapple, Creamed Chipped Beef, Scrambled Eggs, Country Style Potatoes, Baked Oatmeal, Fruit, Coffee, Juice and more. Most of the Irish, and some Scottish songs to be heard would have been familiar to the Scotch-Irish workers at Joanna Furnace and their families in the local community.

The Irish Breakfast marks the second of the 2018 season’s Saturday events, which take place on various dates from February until May. At every one of the special Saturday events, visitors have the opportunity to learn about the furnace’s history and its importance to 18th and 19th-century life in the tri-county area in addition to eating their fill.

We start the new year off with our February Valentine’s event which brings an end to the winter doldrums. This is now followed by our upcoming March 17 Irish Buffet,” said Mark Zerr, Executive Director of the Hay Creek Valley Clan and the historic site. “It’s our way of bringing out the green in anticipation of spring for the families in our area communities. We want them to come out and see what’s new at Joanna Furnace. This event always previews of all the exciting events, programs and projects everyone can look forward to for the rest of the year.“

Upcoming monthly Saturday Breakfast events include the April 21 the Breakfast Buffet Early American Craft Day and on May 19, veterans are honored at the Hay Creek Classic Car Show and Plant Sale.

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and education of America’s iron heritage. Net proceeds from this event support the restoration and educational projects of The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association and Joanna Furnace, a historically significant 18th and 19th-century charcoal-fueled iron furnace. Anyone wishing to find more information about the 2018 events or educational programs at Joanna Furnace can visit the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association website at or call 610-286-0388. The Joanna Furnace site is located three miles north of Morgantown, along Route 10. For entrance turn at Furnace Road.