Company: Welkinweir
Address: 1368 Prizer Rd, Pottstown, Pennsylvania 19465
Phone: 610-469-7543

Welkinweir, now an arboretum and garden that is part of Hopewell Big Woods, was established as an early iron tilt forge in 1791 by blacksmith Samuel Rea. In 1827, William Morris, a blacksmith from Reading came to work at the forge and married the owner’s daughter. Over his lifetime, Morris not only acquired the forge and surrounding farm, he also amassed several surrounding farms that now host the arboretum, and built a stone 5-bay two story house which is the restored home on the property today. This location has regular hours of operation.

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