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

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


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!

The ca. 1810 log collier's house is open by appointment anytime by calling 443-463-6437. Please note: The Museum of the Ironworker is closed temporarily  for an exciting renovation and new exhibits. We will make an announcement regarding the grand re-opening in 2018 as soon as  we have a firm date.

NOTICE: The next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at noon, in the Collier's Log House at 12607 Catoctin Furnace Road in the village of Catoctin Furnace, Maryland.   All are welcome! Please join us!

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Catoctin Voices Evening of Poetry

It's that time again for poetry in the cabin! Join us this FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 7:00 pm in the village of Catoctin Furnace for "Catoctin Voices." This month, the feature is Poet, Historian, and NPS Ranger Bert Barnett will be the featured reader at "Catoctin Voices" Evening of Poetry on Fri., Nov. 17 beginning at 7:00 pm.  The event is located at the historic Collier's Log House, 12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD.  Please park to the side of the cabin (not behind).  As usual, open mic readings precede the guest poet and refreshments are served.  There's plenty of seating and room around the hearth. Please join us (and bring a flashlight)!!! More information about Catoctin Voices can be found by clicking here, and by visiting Catoctin Voices under EVENTS on this webpage.

Spirits of the Furnace
Spirits of the Furnace is back! This is a guided night tour through the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace and Village, with stops in historic structures and along the landscape to meet workers, owners, worshippers, and slaves. Kids are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Reserve now in our shop!
Please download our call for artists for the 2018 Spring in the Village / Art at the Furnace festival in the historic village of Catoctin Furnace. Dates will be May 5 and May 6, 2018. Download this form for more information.

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:
From Oh Freedom!:
From Abraham Lincoln in Song:
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