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Lebanon County was highlighted in Sunday’s episode of “Pennsylvania Country Roads,” a PCN-TV program focusing on Pennsylvania people and places. Host Dave Williams visited the Cornwall Iron Furnace and talked to FFA State Officer Alayna Harrell and her family.

Cornwall Iron Furnace

Host of Pennsylvania Country Roads Dave Williams interviews Cornwall Iron Furnace site administrator Mike Emery. Screenshot from May 9 episode of Pennsylvania Country Roads.

In the first half of the episode, Williams speaks with Cornwall Iron Furnace site administrator Mike Emery and tours the facility. Emery discusses the history of the furnace, once one of four in Cornwall, and how the technology at the furnace worked.

“[Our forefathers] were able to do quite remarkable things and we certainly stand on the shoulders of them and their ingenuity,” Emery said of the technological feats showcased at the furnace.

Read more: 19th century Cornwall Iron Furnace steam engine gets needed overhaul

While the Cornwall Iron Furnace has been closed to the public due to the pandemic for many months, it reopened to visitors April 30. Take a look at its website for more information on tours.

“I enjoyed myself today, and I’m sure anybody that comes here would enjoy themselves,” said host Williams of the experience visiting the furnace. “Cornwall Furnace: great place to go, take the whole family.”

FFA State Officer Alayna Harrell

FFA State Officer Alayna Harrell sits with her parents as she is interviewed by Pennsylvania Country Roads host Dave Williams. Screenshot from May 9 episode of Pennsylvania Country Roads.

The second half of the episode focuses on FFA reporter Harrell, a 2020 Annville-Cleona High School graduate, and her experience over the last year.

Read more: Annville-Cleona grad Alayna Harrell appointed to state FFA leadership team

Harrell was formally appointed to FFA leadership June 4, 2020, over Zoom. Over the last year, she has worked virtually with other FFA members both local and throughout the state.

“I think I’ve definitely opened my eyes up to Pennsylvania agriculture and how diverse and different it is across the state,” she said in the interview.

When asked about her future plans, Harrell floated that she plans to attend Penn State for agribusiness. However, regardless of what she does, she will pursue something in agriculture.

“I know one thing is for sure, and that is I love the community that is in the agricultural industry,” said Harrell. “I definitely will find my place in the agricultural industry somehow, some way, in my future.”

Pennsylvania Country Roads is a program focused on highlighting Pennsylvania places and people. As host Williams describes it, the show “travel[s] throughout the countryside of Pennsylvania bringing you those heartland stories about the places we love to visit and the people we love to meet.”

To watch the full episode and learn more about the Cornwall Iron Furnace and Harrell’s time in FFA, visit PCN-TV’s website here. Future episodes of Pennsylvania Country Roads will air Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. on PCN-TV.

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Emily Bixler

Emily Bixler was born and raised in Lebanon and now reports on local government. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and going for hikes.