Local author and historian Bob Patry will deliver a historical presentation titled “Elverson: Home of The Hands That Rocked The Cradle of The American Iron Industry.” The one hour presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Springfield Room at Hopewell Manor on Elverson’s Historic Main Street. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Elverson Historical Commission. Light refreshments will be served.
Patry’s presentation will provide an overview of the history of Elverson area iron furnaces, focusing on the families that built the local furnaces, the iron making process, the region’s role during the American Revolution, and the collapse of the Elverson area iron industry.
Patry is a former Elverson resident and past chairperson of the Elverson Historical Commission. He is the author of the 2011 book “The History of Our Community: Elverson, Pennsylvania.” He is still a volunteer with both the Elverson Historical Commission and the Caernarvon Historical Society. Most recently, he has written a play about the region’s involvement in the American iron industry.
The Elverson Historical Commission will be selling books and other historical items before and after the presentation. Visitors are asked to park along Main Street and Park Avenue.