Mount Hope Historical Park Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Mount Hope Historical Park lies within a narrow band of very old rock rich with mineral deposits. Mining began here as early as 1710 and in the late 1700s the land that now makes up the historical park was part of a 6271-acre property known as the Mount Hope Tract, which encompassed more than twenty active mining locations. John Jacob Faesch developed the tract in 1772, with each mine owned by one or more companies. One of the oldest iron mining areas in Colonial America, Mount Hope and surrounding Rockaway Township provided more than half of the iron ore extracted from the state until 1958.
The state’s richest mines—the Richard, the Allen, and the Tboe—were located at Mount Hope. Not all the mines are marked, so look carefully for large, deep depressions, known as subsidence pits, and find all that remains visible of the shafts, adits, and slopes that yielded what the Native Americans called Succasunny, or black stone— magnetite iron ore."