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Mont Alto State Park

40 Rocky Mountain Road
Fayetteville, PA 17222

717-352-2161

The Mont Alto Charcoal Iron Furnace was built in 1807 by Colonel Daniel Hughes and his son Samuel on land granted to Daniel’s father by Lord Baltimore.

In 1864 the Hughes family sold the iron works to a partnership headed by Colonel George Wiestling. To facilitate getting the iron to market, the Mont Alto Railroad Company was incorporated in 1872. A park with a swimming pool, hiking trails and a carousel (housed under the round pavilion) was built and became a popular mountain retreat. The Mont Alto Iron Works closed in 1893.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the park and furnace lands, which became Pennsylvania’s first state forest park in 1902. The next year the Commonwealth’s first professional forester began training foresters at the Mont Alto Forestry Academy, which became today’s Mont Alto Campus of the Pennsylvania State University.

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