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
Catoctin Furnace Historical Society releases groundbreaking DNA research to find the descendants of skilled enslaved ironworkers.
Articles and Podcasts:
The Baltimore Banner, “DNA links remains of enslaved people buried in Maryland to nearly 3,000 direct descendants:The highest concentration of descendants is in Maryland, according to the study” published this week in the journal ‘Science’”
Museum of the Ironworker
We are open Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am to 2 pm
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.
October CFHS Meeting
Tuesday, October 10th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
By tradition we do not hold an August 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.
“Visit” The Catoctin Furnace African American Cemetery Interpretive Trail.
Click the image to download your virtual passport stamp. Tag your “trip” on social media