Our Association was organized in 1975 with an objective of "to promote within our community an understanding of and appreciation for our local heritage”. In 1979 and 1980 Hay Creek acquired the historic Joanna Furnace property from Bethlehem Steel and have broadened our mission to include the preservation and restoration of this treasured 18th & 19th century iron making community.

Today the organization is 1,000 members strong and relies on volunteer efforts and donations to preserve the history of the Hay Creek Valley. We invite you to visit us by "stepping back in time" and reliving the important history that surrounds our community.

We are open Monday through Friday and select days on the weekend.


Lincoln Day Breakfast Buffet Join us on Saturday, April 18thfrom 7 to 11 am as we honor our fallen 16th President who died 150 years ago. This special breakfast will feature live Civil War music and offer the following menu items: country sausage, bacon, scrapple, chipped creamed beef, ham, scrambled eggs, corn cakes, pancakes, country fries, fruit cobbler, juice, hot coffee, and Abraham Lincoln’s favorite --gingerbread! To honor this great president we will not only highlight Lincoln’s great strength as a politician but also touch on his “down-home” roots and demonstrate rail splitting. Hay Creek volunteers will show you how rails were split with an axe, a “mall” (aka sledgehammer), and three or four iron wedges.

In addition, April 18th marks the grand opening for our spring/summer flea markets at Joanna Furnace. Vendors will be selling many items including household & antique items, tools, kids clothing & toys, books, and so much more. Individuals interested in having a booth may contact Kathleen for more information: 610-914-8152. Booths are first-come first-served and cost $10.00 each. (The booth includes space for your car.)

Guided tours of the Joanna Furnace historic site will also be available. Tours start at the Blowing Engine House and will last approximately 1 hour.

Gardening By the MonthStarting on Tuesday April 21st and lasting until June come to Joanna Furnace and learn about Herb Gardening. The classes will cover herb planting, harvesting, uses, potpourri making and much more. For more information email Nancy at nleweeplay@dejazzd.com. Participants can register for one class or for the entire six-class program.

Hay Creek FestivalFriday – Sunday, September 11 – 13, 2015. Join us for our 39th annual celebration as you will step back in time and enjoy a living history experience that will take you back 200 years! Craft and antique vendors are also needed for this event.

39th ANNUAL HAY CREEK FESTIVAL - Friday - Sunday, September 11 – 13, 2015
HAY CREEK APPLE FESTIVAL - Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2015
CHRISTMAS AT JOANNA - Friday – Sunday, December 4-6, 2015

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