Iron Heritage Festival, Danville Pa - July 24, 2010
The Iron Heritage Festival celebrates this rich history and traditions of our community. The Iron Age, 1829 thru 1950 and Danville, PA are truly synonymous. In 1829, the first Iron foundry was established in Danville to manufacture wagon boxes, plowshares, and irons sadiron and griddles. In 1839-1840 Iron Ore started to be mined locally and in 1840 the first Anthracite furnace to efficiently produce iron was opened in Danville. On Oct 8, 1845, the first T-rail in America was rolled out at the Montour Iron Works, the largest iron manufacturing plant in the United States. The T-rail made it possible for Pennsylvania and America to become the leader in the industrial revolution. This festival is a celebration of America’s ingenuity and foresight and is of interest for all of our Nation’s citizens!
In 1999 a few local historians decided to celebrate the iron heritage of Danville, Montour County Pennsylvania. The first year a small amount of people met in Danville’s ‘Canal Park’ and celebrated the history and the people of the era. From this one (1) day event the Iron Heritage Festival has become one of the largest historic festivals in Central PA. The Iron Heritage Festival, with activities encompassing all of the Danville area, is celebrated in July every year.
Our website is www.ironheritagefestival.net