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.


Hay Creek Festival – Hay Creek Festival – Friday – Sunday, September 5 – 7th – 8 am to 5 pm daily. Join us for our 38th annual celebration as you will step back in time and enjoy a living history experience that will take you back 200 years! This extraordinary historic adventure includes antique cars and tractors, early American & contemporary craft markets, Civil War & WWII encampments, folk music, and delicious homemade foods!

Antique Vehicles at the Hay Creek Festival – The Hay Creek Festival welcomes all registered antique cars, tractors, and motorcycles to our community event on September 5 – 7th. Driver and one passenger are admitted free to the festival with their vehicle. In exchange we ask that you spend some time with your exhibit and share some aspects about your vehicle with festival guests. To receive (by mail) a special pre-registration card and admission pass please email info@haycreek.org.

Friday is ‘Student Day’ at the Hay Creek Festival! On Friday, September 5th students from public, private schools and homeschoolers, accompanied by their teachers, parents and homeschool parents, are offered free admission to the festival. The Hay Creek Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for school students to learn about our rich American history. The varied attractions of the festival immerse the student in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the 18th and 19th Century. Don't miss this unique learning experience for your students including stage events and hands-on activities.  Click here to download a Student Day registration form.

Calling all Civil War Re-enactors (Groups and Individuals) – We are still recruiting Civil War soldiers and civilians to take part in the annual Hay Creek Festival on September 5 – 7th. Click here for more details and to download a registration form. Deadline to participate: August 1, 2014.

HAY CREEK FESTIVAL - Friday – Sunday, September 5 – 7, 2014
HAY CREEK APPLE FESTIVAL - Saturday & Sunday, October 11 & 12, 2014
CHRISTMAS AT JOANNA - Friday – Sunday, December 5-7, 2014

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Mission: Developing camaraderie among women of all ages as we journey into the past in the pursuit of