Celebrate Father’s Day weekend by taking dad to Historic Joanna Furnace for the fourth annual Cruise to Joanna Furnace on Saturday June 15. This free-admission event will bring together all the good things that spark a dad’s interest leading up to a special Fathers’ Day—classic, antique cars, hot rods and vintage motorcycles, antique machinery and great food.
From 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., dad will be in his glory. His day begins with an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet served 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Bring the family early to enjoy the breakfast buffet which includes fresh country sausage, ham, scrapple, bacon, creamed-chipped beef, pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs, home fries, fruit, juice and coffee all served for your enjoyment. Adults $8.50, children age 6-11 $4.50 and 5 years and under eat FREE. Breakfast sandwiches and coffee will also be available for take-out. But if you don’t care to have breakfast, lunchtime foods, drinks and ice cream are available beginning at 10:00 a.m.
After breakfast, the entire family can shop for that special basement or attic treasure in the HCVHA flea market, which is open from 7:00 to 2:00. Anyone interested in having a stand in the flea market is more than welcome. Space reservations are not required. There is a $10.00 donation for each stand. Flea market set up begins at 6:00 a.m. Vendors with car parts, mechanical technology items, antiques, child or household items are welcome to participate.
To fully grab dad’s attention, the historic site will be transformed into wide-ranging display of classic and antique automobiles plus motorcycles. If dad is the proud owner of a restored automobile, he is also invited to show his own pride and joy. Anyone wishing to show a car should plan to arrive between 7 and 10 a.m.
At 9:00 a.m., exhibits in the technology Building will open. Here dad will enjoy learning about 19th century manufacturing technology by watching 19th century machinery all operating and driven by line shaft power. This year, the 19th century HCVHA sawmill will also be in operation demonstrating how logs were cut into beams and boards.
Between 9 and 11 a.m., the whole family can experience narrated tours of the 19th century historic iron-making complex and learn how iron was made here until 1898 in this primitive charcoal-fired furnace.
At 10:30 a.m. Mr. John Fleming of Birdsboro will give a special presentation on his restored 1916 fire truck and talk about the Model-T steering. An antique Car and motorcycle parade will be held at 11:30. Later at 12:30, visitors will enjoy watching the antique Model T and Model A Fords as they participate in the hill climb. A second spectator event, the Model T and Model A “tire change” will occur at 1:30.
Organizations interested in having a booth to promote their group or any organization or individuals who would like to offer a mechanical technology presentation at the Cruise to Joanna should contact the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association at 610-286-0388 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 research, restoration and educational initiatives of Joanna Furnace, a regional historically significant charcoal-fueled iron furnace. Anyone wishing to find out more information about any of the programs at Joanna Furnace can visit the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association website at www.haycreek.org or call 610-286-0388.
The Historic Joanna Furnace site is located three miles north of Morgantown, on Route 10. Turn at Furnace Road.