News for Immediate Release

April 4, 2011

Overnight Guests Again Welcome at Historic Ironmaster’s Mansion at Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Harrisburg – Visitors to Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County will once again be able to bunk down in the Ironmaster’s Mansion starting April 5.

The Ironmaster’s Mansion – which features the only hostel in Pennsylvania’s system of 117 state parks -- was closed for a year for much-needed renovations.

“Like many of the attractions at our state parks, the Ironmaster’s Mansion at Pine Grove is steeped in history,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Parks Director John Norbeck said. “Pine Grove sits at the half-way point of the Appalachian Trail and is a site rumored to have connections to the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves.”

Many famous families in state history have lived in the mansion, including Judge Fredrick Watts, founder of Penn State University; Jackson Fuller, the namesake for Fuller Lake; and Jay Cooke, often called "the financier of the Civil War."

The Ironmaster’s Mansion is being leased by the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, which completed the renovations through lots of volunteer work and private donations. Reservations are handled by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.

The mansion, built between 1827 and 1829, still embodies all the features from its original construction. Renovations included window replacements, a commercial kitchen, new bunk beds and other furnishings, repainting, landscaping, and adding meeting space. The renovations will allow the mansion to host weddings, meetings and other special events.

Rates are $25 plus tax per night and include dormitory lodging in bunk beds, linens, a pasta dinner the evening of arrival, and breakfast the morning of departure. Lodging is $20 if you opt not to have the meals.

A public grand reopening celebration will be held on May 6.

For more information about the Ironmaster’s Mansion or to make a reservation, call 717-486-4108 or email to

Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101.