Pine Grove Furnace was built during the era of the American Revolution, and one of its first operators was Michael Ege. In 1815, his son, Peter Ege inherited the operation and built the English Tudor-style Ironmaster’s Mansion, enjoying the longest tenure there of any ironmaster. Over the years, the Ironmaster’s Mansion served as a hostel and prominent halfway resting area for Appalachian Trail hikers. Due to economic constraints, the previous operators were forced to shut down on May 1, 2010. The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC) recently renovated the mansion with the help of generous sponsors and hundreds of volunteers and reopened it in April 2011 for use as a hostel, group event space, and community resource for education and history tours.
The overnight sleeping capacity of the Mansion is 28 guests. Two large bedrooms with dormitory sleeping arrangements have seven bunks (14 twin-long sleeping beds) each.
Individual Overnight and Group Rental Rates are available.
For individual and group reservations
please contact the Ironmaster’s Mansion Innkeeper: 717-486-4108
Address: 1212 Pine Grove Rd., Gardners, PA 17324
PROGRAMS at the Mansion include:
The Ironmaster's Challenge Annual Trail Running and Hiking Event
Three Events include a 15K Challenge and a 50K Ultra
Event Website and online registration at www.ironmasterschallenge.com
The Goddard Leadership Legacy Institute
A weeklong conservation leadership program for 13-15 year old youth
More information available at www.goddardleadership.org
(Sundays at 3 p.m., Memorial Day – Labor Day)
Spring and Fall Volunteer Service Days
Sign-up as a volunteer to receive announcements
Pine Grove Furnace Festival
October 17-18, 2015
Host your own organization or company program at the Ironmaster’s Mansion! Contact the Mansion Innkeeper for details.