CCHS can customize a tour for your group, based on your interests and needs.  General tours of the Mansion include the Iron Story – which provides an overview of the charcoal iron industry in Centre County, a tour of the ironmaster’s furnished Mansion, access to any current exhibits, and (weather permitting) a walk to the Furnace Stack.  Tour emphasis can also focus on the furnishings, architecture, and gardens as well.  Tours generally last about 60-90 minutes, depending on how inquisitive your group members are.  General admission is free (suggested donation of $4/person, or $2/person for large groups).  To schedule a tour, please provide 1-2 weeks notice or more.

Make your reservation!  Call CCHS at (814) 234 – 4779 or email us with your details at

Please provide:

  • Name of your school or organization
  • Contact person’s name, telephone number and/or email
  • Number of guests in your group
  • Grade or age levels
  • Preferred dates and times for tour (including length of tour, topics of interest)
  • Any special needs

We can accommodate 50 visitors maximum at any one time; fewer is preferable (one classroom at a time).  Upon arrival, please split your group into subsets of 10-12 people before you start the tour.  We request one chaperone for every 10-12 youth.

General Tour Information

Accessibility:  The Centre Furnace Mansion is wheelchair-accessible on the ground and first floors.  The second floor is only accessible by stairs.  Please notify us if any of your guests require special assistance.

Guidelines (for students):  Please stay with your docent, teacher or chaperone.  Remember that our house is a museum – please touch only those things the docent hands you.  Please use inside voices, and raise your hand if you have questions.

Lunch:  On nice days, the Mansion grounds are available for a picnic (or alternately, the Hearth Room for up to 50 visitors).  Please let us know if you plan to stay for lunch, so we can plan accordingly.

Make a Day of It:  There are dozens of other cultural and natural heritage sites, museums, and libraries within 5-25 minutes of the Centre Furnace Mansion.  Visit our Links Page for a list, or visit the Central Pa. Convention and Visitors Bureau for other attractions, dining, and lodging facilities in Centre County and the Penn State area.

Restrooms:  There are two handicapped-accessible restrooms on the ground floor of the Mansion.

Teachers’ Resources

Several activities are available to school teachers to engage their students before, during, and after the visit.  Please visit our Educator’s Resources page for these activities and additional information.