Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.
12320 Auburn Road
Thurmont , MD , 21788
Phone: 301-271-2306

Membership in the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. is open to anyone who is interested in preserving and promoting the history of Catoctin Furnace for the enjoyment of present and future generations. To apply, fill out the membership form completely, submit, and donate $25 to the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society. For help with this membership application, call Chris Gardiner, President at 240 205-4581.

Traditional Village Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 10 am to 4 pm

Decorate a fresh wreath with bows, balls, bells, pinecones, holly, icicles and ornaments!  Select unique handmade gifts for the holidays.  Enjoy food, apple cider,  and heirloom-recipe baked goods.  Children can make a punched or painted tin holiday ornament and have their photograph taken with Belsnickel.  In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Christmas in Catoctin Furnace included a visit from Belsnickel to the homes of German immigrants.  During this visit, which took place two weeks before Christmas, Belsnickel rewarded good children with treats but carried a switch to punish naughty ones.  Also experience Kris Kringling, a costumed holiday tradition of dancing, singing and eating while visiting village homes! (FREE)

Saturday's Schedule: Join us for historic walking tours of the village at 10, 12, and 2pm and visits from Belsnickel at 11, 1, and 3pm (photos with Belsnickel at 10, 12 and 2pm). We'll have custom wreaths and evergreen roping for sale, punched tin ornament making, colonial children's games, and delicious holiday treats and hot, mulled cider all day.