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ESTABLISHING ORDERS and LEGISLATION

Department of Interior Order Designating Lands to Comprise Hopewell Village National Historic Site

August 3, 1938

Congressional Act Disposing of Property oftion of Property within French Creek Recreational Demonstration Project to Hopewell Village National Historic Site



  • – Excerpt from the

Act June 6, 1942

Congressional Act Eliminating Elimination of Certain Lands Authorized in Hopewell Village National Historic Site– Act

July 24, 1946

Department of Interior Order Changing Name of Hopewell Village National Historic Site to Designating the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

National Historic Site, Order of the Secretary of the Interior, September 19, 1985

Congressional Hopewell Village National Historic Site, Designation of certain lands to comprise the site, Order of August 5, 1938

Act Designating Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

October 6, 2000.

Congressional Act Designating Highlands Conservation Region

November 30, 2004

ORDER DESIGNATING

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ORDERORDER DESIGNATING LANDS TO COMPRISE HOPEWELL VILLAGE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

An Order Designating Hopewell Village National Historic Site

HOPEWELL VILLAGE, PA.[August. 3, 1938 –

3 F.R. 2039

WHEREAS the Congress of the United States has declared it to be a national policy to preserve for the public use historic sites, buildings and objects of national significance for the inspiration and benefit of the people of the United States, and


WHEREAS certain lands and structures in Hopewell Village, Pennsylvania, including the old furnace, mansion house, blacksmith shop, etc., by reason of their relationship to the colonial history of the United States, have been declared by the Advisory Board on National Park, Historic Sites, Buildings, and Monuments to be a historic site of national significance, and
WHEREAS the United States has acquired the above-mentioned lands and structures:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, E.K. Burlew, Acting Secretary of the Interior, under and by virtue of the authority conferred upon the Secretary of the Interior by Section 2 of the Act of Congress approved August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666), do hereby designate the following described lands, with the structures standing thereon, to be a national historic site, having the name “Hopewell Village National Historic Site”:
TRACT Number 1

Begin at a concrete monument with bronze cap located 20’ west of the center of the present Birdsboro-Warwick Highway and 400’ north of the bridge over French Creek, thence run south 55º33’30” west 289.32 feet; south 80º44’30” west 418.80 feet; south 71º01’30” west 304.45 feet to the point of beginning of the Historical Boundary, said point being located north 21º30’ east 190.0 feet from the center of the spillway of Hopewell Lake; thence north 27º31’24” west 539.45 feet; north 0º05’20” east 515.02 feet; north 78º07’30” east 373.43 feet; north 56º59’00” east 291.88 feet; north 64º58’00” east 362.00 feet to a point 15’east of the centerline of the present Birdsboro-Warwick Highway; thence following the said highway and keeping 15’ from the center line, north 26º50’00” east 129.00 feet; north 35º01’40” east 147.58 feet; north 33º00’00” east 223.00 feet; north 27º20’00” east 162.00 feet; north 22º05’30” east 162.21 feet; north 7º00’00” east 136.00 feet; north 7º00’00” west 130.00 feet; north 24º20’00” west 134.00 feet; north 32º54’10” west 231.23 feet; north 19º20’00” west 110.00 feet; north 2º40’00” west 260.00 feet; north 6º40’00” west 188.00 feet; north 14º40’00” west 108.50 feet to a point 15’ from the center line of the present Birdsboro-Warwick Highway and in the western right-of-way line of the new highway now known as the By-Pass Road, said right-of-way line being 25’ from the center line of the road; thence with the said western right-of-way line the following courses and distances: south 39º50’00” east 239.00 feet; south 55º20’00 east 287.00 feet; south 62º24’00” east 770.00 feet; south 56º30’00” east 352.00 feet; south 49º00’00” east 352.00 feet; south 39º40’00” east 352.00 feet; south 26º44’23” east 354.66 feet; south 13º06’30” east 295.22 feet to a point in the western right-of-way line and about 50’ north of the place where the eastern Head Race of Old Hopewell Furnace crosses this road; thence continuing with the western right-of-way line and crossing the Head Race south 5º35’16” east 99.40 feet; south 0º20’10” west 207.19 feet; south 3º43’10” west 455.92 feet; south 10º30’30” west 329.82 feet; south 23º44’00” west 138.95 feet; south 34º02’15” west 287.38 feet; south 41º57’44” west 412.26 feet; south 49º34’20” west 263.61 feet; south 53º32’48” west 233.46 feet; south 45º33’18” west 320.23 feet; south 30º23’29” west 254.22 feet; south 17º41’00” west 228.00 feet; south 11º54’16” west 413.11 feet to a point in the western right-of-way line of the By-Pass Road and about 100’ north of the junction with the present Birdsboro-Warwick Highway; thence leaving the right-of-way line and crossing the Birdsboro-Warwick Highway south 71º03’58” west 158.68 feet; north 8º33’12” west 796.24 feet; north 79º10’46” west 689.03 feet; north 31º13’03” west 582.35 feet to a point cross the Joanna Road and 79’ there from; thence north 6º58’19” west 183.62 feet; north 43º00’38” east 106.26 feet; north 21º32’26” west 397.98 feet to the point of beginning; containing 204.938 acres and lying partly in Berks and partly in Chester Counties of Pennsylvania.
TRACT Number 2

Beginning at a point in the eastern right-of-way line of the new Birdsboro-Warwick highway, said point being 50’ north of the place where the Race crosses this highway and 353’ north of the point where the St. Peters road crosses the said highway, thence following the meanders of the Old Furnace Race, and keeping about 50’ there from on the north side, the following courses and distances: north 68º24’00” east 255.10 feet; south 79º41’30” east 245.57 feet; south 88º17’30”east 273.88 feet; north 71º27’30” east 210.49 feet; north 43º20’30” east 117.08 feet; north 25º11’30” east 111.16 feet; north 15º00’30” east 429.12 feet; south 62º22’57” east 438.46 feet; south 60º56’00” east 310.19 feet; south 63º32’00” east 126.25 feet; south 77º00’30” east 158.20 feet; south 29º37’25” east 145.00 feet; north 80º48’00” east 292.00 feet to a point about 163’ northeast of the junction of the Old Furnace Race with Baptismal Creek; thence crossing Baptismal Creek south 17º01’00” –255.00’ to a point on the south side of said creek; thence south 89º20’00” west –208.64’ to a point about 60’ southeast of the Creek; thence crossing Baptismal Creek and following the meanders of the Old Furnace Race, keeping about 50’ there from on the south side, the following courses and distances: north 60º22’03” west 261.51 feet; north 32º48’59” west 137.77 feet; north 79º55’24” west 114.09 feet; north 63º23’00” west 135.27 feet; north 58º56’15” west 298.91 feet; north 56º05’10” west 196.05 feet; south 47º51’15” west 239.83 feet; south 25º16’37” west 132.41 feet; south 42º32’42” west 168.21 feet; south 70º46’46” west 251.24 feet; north 88º40’09” west 297.44 feet; north 79º10’05 west 233.85 feet; south 68º24’00” west 251.95 to a point in the eastern right-of-way line of the new Birdsboro-Warwick highway, 25’ from the center line of the highway and about 50’ south of the Old Furnace Race; thence with the right-of-way line north 5º51’01” west –99.27’ to the point of beginning; containing 8.758 acres, and lying in Berks and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania, all bearings being true meridian, containing in all 213.696 acres.


The administration, protection, and development of this national historic site shall be exercised by the National Park Service in accordance with the provisions of the Act of August 21, 1935, supra.
Warning is expressly given to all unauthorized persons not to appropriate, injure, destroy, deface or remove any feature of this historic site.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the official seal of the Department of the Interior to be affixed, in the City of Washington, this 3rd day of August 1938.

E.K. Burlew

Acting Secretary of the Interior

CONGRESSIONAL ACT DISPOSING PROPERTY WITHINADDITION OF

FRENCH CREEK RECREATIONAL DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

TO HOPEWELL VILLAGE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE


Excerpt from 56 Stat. 327
An Excerpt from

“An Act to Authorize the Disposition of Recreational Demonstration Projects and for Other Purposes”

June 6, 1942

56 Statutes 327

SEC 2. From and after the date of the Act, the lands acquired for the Acadia, French Creek, Shenandoah, and White Sands recreational demonstration projects shall be added to and become part of Acadia National Park, Hopewell Village National Historic Site, Shenandoah National Park, and White Sands National Monument, in the order named above, subject to all laws, rules, and regulations applicable to the respective areas to which such recreational demonstration projects are added: Provided, That within six months after the date of this Act the Secretary of the Interior shall file with The National Archives a map of each recreational demonstration project enumerated in this section. (16 U.S.C. sec. 459s.)
CONGRESSIONAL ACT ELIMINATING CERTAIN LANDS FROM

ELIMINATION OFHOPEWELL VILLAGE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

An Excerpt from

“An Act to Authorize Revisions in the Boundary of the Hopewell Village National Historic Site”

July 24, 1946

(60 Statutes 635)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized to withdraw from the Hopewell Village National Historic Site, Pennsylvania, all or any part of the lands added to the Hopewell Village National Historic Site by the Act approved June 6, 1942, entitled “An Act to authorize the disposition of recreational demonstration projects, and for other purposes”, which in his opinion are not required for historic-site purposes. Any lands so withdrawn shall revert to the status of a recreational demonstration area. (16 U.S.C. § 459s note.)


DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ORDERORDER CHANGING NAME

FROM

HOPEWELL VILLAGE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE



TO

HOPEWELL FURNACE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE


Hopewell Village National Historic Site

September 19, 1985

1. Purpose. This order redesignates Hopewell Village National Historic Site as the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.


2. Authority. This order is issued pursuant to section 2 of the Act approved August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 666).
3. Redesignation. The national historic site designated by the Secretarial Order of August 3, 1938 (3 F.R. 2039), is hereby redesignated as the “Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site.”
4. Effective date. This order is effective immediately.

Ann McLaughlin

Acting Secretary of the Interior

CONGRESSIONAL ACT DESIGNATING

SCHUYLKILL RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA

Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area Act

October 6, 2000.

Public Law 106-278

SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE.

This title may be cited as the ``Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area Act''.


SEC. 202. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

(a) Findings.--Congress finds that--

(1) the Schuylkill River Valley made a unique contribution to the cultural, political, and industrial development of the United States;

(2) the Schuylkill River is distinctive as the first spine of modern industrial development in Pennsylvania and one of the first in the United States;

(3) the Schuylkill River Valley played a significant role in the struggle for nationhood;

(4) the Schuylkill River Valley developed a prosperous and productive agricultural economy that survives today;

(5) the Schuylkill River Valley developed a charcoal iron industry that made Pennsylvania the center of the iron industry within the North American colonies;

(6) the Schuylkill River Valley developed into a significant anthracite mining region that continues to thrive today;

(7) the Schuylkill River Valley developed early transportation systems, including the Schuylkill Canal and the Reading Railroad;

(8) the Schuylkill River Valley developed a significant industrial base, including textile mills and iron works;

(9) there is a longstanding commitment to--

(A) repairing the environmental damage to the river and its surroundings caused by the largely unregulated industrial activity; and

(B) completing the Schuylkill River Trail along the 128-mile corridor of the Schuylkill Valley;

(10) there is a need to provide assistance for the preservation and promotion of the significance of the Schuylkill River as a system for transportation, agriculture, industry, commerce, and immigration; and

(11) (A) the Department of the Interior is responsible for protecting the Nation's cultural and historical resources; and

(B) there are significant examples of such resources within the Schuylkill River Valley to merit the involvement of the Federal Government in the development of programs and projects, in cooperation with the Schuylkill River Greenway Association, the State of Pennsylvania, and other local and governmental bodies, to adequately conserve, protect, and interpret this heritage for future generations, while providing opportunities for education and revitalization.

(b) Purposes.--The purposes of this title are--

(1) to foster a close working relationship with all levels of government, the private sector, and the local communities in the Schuylkill River Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania and enable the communities to conserve their heritage while continuing to pursue economic opportunities; and

(2) to conserve, interpret, and develop the historical, cultural, natural, and recreational resources related to the industrial and cultural heritage of the Schuylkill River Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania.
SEC. 203. DEFINITIONS.

In this title:

(1) Cooperative agreement.--The term ``cooperative agreement'' means the cooperative agreement entered into under section 204(d).

(2) Heritage area.--The term ``Heritage Area'' means the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area established by section 204.

(3) Management entity.--The term ``management entity'' means the management entity of the Heritage Area appointed under section 204(c).

(4) Management plan.--The term ``management plan'' means the management plan for the Heritage Area developed under section 05.

(5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary
SEC. 204. ESTABLISHMENT.

(a) In General.--For the purpose of preserving and interpreting for the educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations certain land and structures with unique and significant historical and cultural value associated with the early development of the Schuylkill River Valley, there is established the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area.

(b) Boundaries.--The Heritage Area shall be comprised of the Schuylkill River watershed within the counties of Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as delineated by the Secretary.

(c) Management Entity.--The management entity for the Heritage Area shall be the Schuylkill River Greenway Association.

(d) Cooperative Agreement.--

(1) In general.--To carry out this title, the Secretary shall enter into a cooperative agreement with the management

(2) Contents.--The cooperative agreement shall include information relating to the objectives and management of the Heritage Area, including--

(A) a description of the goals and objectives of the Heritage Area, including a description of the approach to conservation and interpretation of the Heritage Area;

(B) an identification and description of the management entity that will administer the Heritage Area; and

(C) a description of the role of the State.


SEC. 205. MANAGEMENT PLAN.

(a) In General.— Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this title, the management entity shall submit to the Secretary for approval a management plan for the Heritage Area that presents comprehensive recommendations for the conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area.

(b) Requirements.--The management plan shall--

(1) take into consideration State, county, and local plans;

(2) involve residents, public agencies, and private organizations working in the Heritage Area;

(3) specify, as of the date of the plan, existing and potential sources of funding to protect, manage, and develop the Heritage Area; and

(4) include--

(A) actions to be undertaken by units of government and private organizations to protect the resources of the Heritage Area;

(B) an inventory of the resources contained in the Heritage Area, including a list of any property in the Heritage Area that is related to the themes of the Heritage Area and that should be preserved, restored, managed, developed, or maintained because of its natural, cultural, historical, recreational, or scenic significance;

(C) a recommendation of policies for resource management that considers and details application of appropriate land and water management techniques, including the development of intergovernmental cooperative agreements to protect the historical, cultural, recreational, and natural resources of the Heritage Area in a manner consistent with supporting appropriate and compatible economic viability;

(D) a program for implementation of the management plan by the management entity;

(E) an analysis of ways in which local, State, and Federal programs may best be coordinated to promote the purposes of this title; and

(F) an interpretation plan for the Heritage Area.

(c) Disqualification From Funding.--If a management plan is not submitted to the Secretary on or before the date that is 3 years after the date of the enactment of this title, the Heritage Area shall be ineligible to receive Federal funding under this title until the date on which the Secretary receives the management plan.

(d) Update of Plan.--In lieu of developing an original management plan, the management entity may update and submit to the Secretary the Schuylkill Heritage Corridor Management Action Plan that was approved by the State in March, 1995, to meet the requirements of this section.
SEC. 206. AUTHORITIES AND DUTIES OF THE MANAGEMENT ENTITY.

(a) Authorities of the Management Entity.--For purposes of preparing and implementing the management plan, the management entity may--

(1) make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, the State and political subdivisions of the State, private organizations, or any person; and

(2) hire and compensate staff.

(b) Duties of the Management Entity.--The management entity shall--

(1) develop and submit the management plan under section 205;

(2) give priority to implementing actions set forth in the cooperative agreement and the management plan, including taking steps to--

(A) assist units of government, regional planning organizations, and nonprofit organizations in--

(i) preserving the Heritage Area;

(ii) establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits in the Heritage Area;

(iii) developing recreational resources in the Heritage Area;

(iv) increasing public awareness of and, appreciation for, the natural, historical, and architectural resources and sites in the Heritage Area;

(v) restoring historic buildings relating to the themes of the Heritage Area; and

(vi) ensuring that clear, consistent, and environmentally appropriate signs identifying access points and sites of interest are installed throughout the Heritage Area;

(B) encourage economic viability in the Heritage Area consistent with the goals of the management plan; and

(C) encourage local governments to adopt land use policies consistent with the management of the Heritage Area and the goals of the management plan;

(3) consider the interests of diverse governmental, business, and nonprofit groups within the Heritage Area;

(4) conduct public meetings at least quarterly regarding the implementation of the management plan;

(5) submit substantial changes (including any increase of more than 20 percent in the cost estimates for implementation) to the management plan to the Secretary for the approval of the Secretary; and

(6) for any fiscal year in which Federal funds are received under this title--

(A) submit to the Secretary a report describing--

(i) the accomplishments of the management entity;

(ii) the expenses and income of the management entity; and

(iii) each entity to which the management entity made any grant during the fiscal year;

(B) make available for audit all records pertaining to the expenditure of Federal funds and any matching funds, and require, for all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by organizations other than the management entity, that the receiving organizations make available for audit all records pertaining to the expenditure of such funds; and

(C) require, for all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by organizations other than the management entity, that the receiving organizations make available for audit all records pertaining to the expenditure of Federal funds.

(c) Use of Federal Funds.--

(1) In general.--The management entity shall not use Federal funds received under this title to acquire real property or an interest in real property.

(2) Other sources.--Nothing in this title precludes the management entity from using Federal funds from other sources for their permitted purposes.

(d) Spending for Non-Federally Owned Property.--The management entity may spend Federal funds directly on non-federally owned property to further the purposes of this title, especially in assisting units of government in appropriate treatment of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.


SEC. 207. DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES OF FEDERAL AGENCIES.

(a) Technical and Financial Assistance.--

(1) In general.--At the request of the management entity, the Secretary may provide technical and financial assistance to the Heritage Area to develop and implement the management plan.

(2) Priorities.--In assisting the management entity, the Secretary shall give priority to actions that assist in--

(A) conserving the significant natural, historical, and cultural resources that support the themes of the Heritage Area; and

(B) providing educational, interpretive, and recreational opportunities consistent with the resources and associated values of the Heritage Area.

(b) Approval and Disapproval of Cooperative Agreements and Management Plans.--

(1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after receiving a cooperative agreement or management plan submitted under this title, the Secretary, in consultation with the Governor of the State, shall approve or disapprove the cooperative agreement or management plan.

(2) Management plan contents.--In reviewing the plan, the Secretary shall consider whether the composition of the management entity and the plan adequately reflect diverse interest of the region, including those of--

(A) local elected officials;

(B) the State;

(C) business and industry groups;

(D) organizations interested in the protection of natural and cultural resources; and

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