How to Schedule a Tour of the Centre Furnace Mansion
The Iron Story Tour gives students an overview of the charcoal iron industry in Centre County and life in a 19th-century ironmaster's home. Centre Furnace was the first of more than a dozen ironworks in what became Centre County. It launched a major industry in the county that shaped its later economic, social, industrial, and political history. The iron industry had an impact in every school district in Centre County.
Call the Mansion at (814) 234-4779. Please be prepared to provide:
We cannot accommodate more than 40 children at any one time; fewer is preferable. Please split the class into groups of 10-15 students before you start the tour. We ask for a teacher or chaperone for every 10 students.
General Tour Information
Accessibility: the Centre Furnace Mansion is wheelchair-accessible on two floors. The second floor is only accessible by stairs. Please notify us if this will be an issue.
Bathrooms: there are two handicapped-accessible bathrooms on the ground floor of the Mansion.
Lunch: on nice days, the Mansion grounds are available for a picnic. Please let us know if you plan to stay for lunch.
Pre- and Post-Visit Activities
Pre-visit activities, tour activities, and post-visit activities for your tour can be found in the CCHS/Centre Furnace Mansion educational packet. The packet is available in your school library as well as in the CCHS Traveling Trunk (Centre County School Districts). Please make use of the packet and the trunk!
Student Guidelines (Museum Manners)
Please touch only those things the docent hands you. We try not to touch most museum objects so that they will last longer.
Please keep your voices down as you would in a library. If you have a question, please raise your hand.
Please stay with your docent and your teacher or chaperone.