Centre County Historical Society at the Centre Furnace Mansion


Victorian furnishings, 19th century clothing. Centre County Historical Society is the oldest and largest of the Centre County's historical organizations and has celebrated the rich heritage of Centre County for over 100 years. The Centre County Historical Society (CCHS) is headquartered at The Centre Furnace Mansion, a restored and furnished ironmaster's home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This historic mansion and nearby iron furnace stack represent the 18th century beginnings of the charcoal iron industry in this area, and the 19th century beginnings of the Pennsylvania State University. It is a community and volunteer based non-profit educational organization that works collaboratively with local, regional, county and state organizations in helping to preserve and promote the area's historic, cultural, and natural resources. The Mansion has been restored and is furnished to reflect the period of residency of ironmaster Moses Thompson and his family, 1842-1891. Centre Furnace site includes the Centre Furnace Mansion, furnace stack, and surrounding eight acres and represents a small portion of the late 18th-century ironmaking village once located here. Its interpretation is based on historical documentation and archaeological research, and includes carefully landscaped grounds with walkways and period gardens. Tour hours at Centre Furnace Mansion are Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.

1001 East College Avenue

State College, PA

Sun., Wed., Fri. 1pm-4pm
Donations Accepted
Phone Number:
(814) 234-4779
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