Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.
12525 Catoctin Furnace Road
Thurmont , Maryland  21788
US



Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.
12320 Auburn Road
Thurmont , MD , 21788
US
Phone: 301-271-2306
Email: ecomer@eacarchaeology.com

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The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., celebrates, studies, and preserves the rich history of this pre-revolutionary industrial village, including the architecture, cultural landscapes, lifeways, and foodways of the workers.    On this website you will find information about the history of Catoctin Furnace, Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. activities, who we are, directions to Catoctin Furnace, what to see and do at this unique, pre-Revolutionary village, volunteer opportunities, a way to donate and how your donation would be used, and our upcoming events. Please join us here and at Catoctin Furnace!


NOTICE: The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at noon, in the Museum of the Iron Worker at 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road in the village of Catoctin Furnace, Maryland.  All are welcome! Please join us!

The Clothing of the Forgeman's House


Approximately 100 items of clothing dating from the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century were recovered during the restoration of the Forgeman's House. The worker clothing, worn and torn beyond repair, was shoved into gaps between the walls and eaves of the house, possibly serving as insulation. All genders and ages are represented. A catalog of the clothing is available here.


Please watch the news story about this important discovery on WHAG.


Another Archaeological Mystery
This item was recovered from archaeological excavations below the Forgeman's House. The material appears to be the same glassy slag that is found all over the village of Catoctin Furnace, ranging from dark gray to black in color and full of impurities. The shape, however, is clearly decorative. Because of its unique shape, it has reminded some of us of: earring pendants, icicle hanging decorations, and Venetian glass. What do you think??? Please let us know!
Thank you for supporting Abraham Lincoln in Song and Oh Freedom, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement.  If you missed the concert you can still listen to the music!  Click on the links below to download song samples of Chris Vallillo on Soundcloud:
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Check out our Section 106 Success Story below!
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An Archaeological Mystery

Any guesses what this is? Recently, the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society received this as a donation. Please let us know if you have any ideas!

Catoctin Furnace homes in the Frederick News-Post:


Recognizing History: Landmarks honors Catoctin Furnace homes with plaques

 

April 29, 2015

Karen Gardner

Furnace Bar and Grill in the Frederick News-Post


The local business in the Frederick News-Post:  Furnace Bar and Grill is proud of area's history, and their food

 

April 13, 2015

Ed Waters, Jr.

Catoctin Furnace Bioarchaeological Research In the Frederick News-Post

 

Buried Secrets: Study of skeletal remains may hold key to slave history


April 12, 2015

Erik Anderson

Heritage Food Luncheon in the Frederick News-Post

 

The Heritage Food Luncheon, sponsored by the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., Cunningham Falls State Park, Harriet Chapel, and the Silver Oak Academy was recently featured in the Frederick News-Post. Click here to read the article!

Thank you to our many friends and donors in 2015!

 

2015 has been a great year!  Please consider donating in 2015. Download our:

 

2015 Annual Fund Request Letter

 

2015 recap: accomplishments, activities, and events

 

2015 Annual Fund Request Form

 

New Video of Catoctin Furnace and Springfield Manor


 

Check out our new aerial videos of Catoctin Furnace and Springfield Manor taken by Till Sonnemann using a Phantom II Quadcopter with a GoPro3+:

 

Catoctin Furnace Historic Site and Nearby Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery


This lovely oil painting of the Isabella stack and casting shed at Catoctin Furnace was painted by award winning artist Ellen Gavin of Millsville, New Jersey. Ellen painted the scene during a visit to the village in June 2014 and generously donated the finished work to the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.

Bond Bill Success!

 

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society has received a bond bill grant from the Maryland General Assembly! The grant, in the amount of $100,000, will be used for renovations to the Forgeman's House. This would not have been possible without tireless support from Senator David R. Brinkley. The Catoctin Furnace Society also acknowledges help from Silver Oak Academy in this endeavor. To everyone who helped the CFHS along the way to this important moment, THANK YOU!


MHAA Grant Success!

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society has received a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Project Grant in the amount of $48,000 to complete the renovations to the Forgeman's House.  THANK YOU to all who supported this effort!


TRIPP Grant Success!

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society has received a TRIPP Grant from the Tourism Council of Frederick County!  The grant, in the amount of $6,000, will be used for display cases and exhibits in the "Museum of the Furnace Worker" at 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road.  TRIPP grants (Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product) are aimed at supporting tourism marketing and development by non-profit attractions in Frederick County.  THANK YOU to the Tourism Council for all your support!


 

In Their Own Voices: Stories of Enslaved Africans at Catoctin Furnace

 

Visit Springfield Manor and Winery on your visit to Catoctin Furnace

Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery is open!  Stop by for a wine tasting in historic Catoctin Furnace. For more information, visit their website: Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery