Explore the unique Catoctin Furnace living history village. The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. commemorates, studies, and preserves the rich history of this historic industrial village, including the architecture, cultural landscapes, lifeways and foodways of the enslaved Africans, free African Americans, and European immigrant laborers and families.
Step Back In Time
Museum of the Ironworker
We are open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm (Holiday hours: open on Tuesday, July 4th from 10 am to 2pm)
The kitchen garden and trails open dawn to dusk.
General admission to the museum is free but a donation is suggested. Interested in booking a group tour? Click Here
Level 2 Electric Car Charging Station
First Energy and DNR worked with CFHS to install the EV station. While you step back in time at Catoctin Furnace, your electric vehicle can charge up at our brand new Level 2 charging station located in the furnace parking lot, 12698 Catoctin Furnace Road.
The charging station is located in the parking lot in front of the furnace. From the parking lot you will need to proceed down the African American Cemetery Interpretive Trail and follow the signs leading to the Museum of Ironworker.
The Forgeman’s House is not a typical overnight destination. While it has a lovely modern bathroom with a shower, a gas fireplace, and the kitchen even boasts a dishwasher, as soon as you walk through the doorway and leave the modern amenities, you enter an 1820 home.
June CFHS Meeting
Tuesday, June 13th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
We will resume monthly talks at the June meeting.
We will hold a hybrid meeting. You may join us in person at The Museum of the Ironworker or on Zoom.
Please register for the Zoom meeting using the link below where you can join via computer or telephone. If you experience any issues, please call 240-288-7396 and we will help you register.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You only have to register once, and once you are registered, you will be registered for the remainder of the meetings until January 2024. Your confirmation email from Zoom will send you a link that you can add to your calendar, and you will be able to join the meeting every second Tuesday of the month. We have switched to this format so that we do not have to send out a new link every month.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Network to Freedom Virtual Passport
“Visit” The Catoctin Furnace African American Cemetery Interpretive Trail.
Click the image to download your virtual passport stamp. Tag your “trip” on social media
The Smithsonian Channel's "America's Hidden Stories: Forged In Slavery"
(Season 3, Episode 3) will air on June 12th at 8:00 PM EST on The Smithsonian Channel and Paramount+
OUTDOORS MARYLAND Episode 3303 featuring Catoctin Furnace
County Spotlight: Historical Grant- Recovering Identity Survey