Step Back In Time

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.

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. 

Overnight Rental

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.

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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.

Click here to register to attend our monthly meetings

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
Facebook: @PassportToYourNationalParks
Instagram: @PassportToNationalParks
Twitter: @ParksPassport


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+

Read the press releaseFeatured article: "Smithsonian Channel to air new documentary about story of Catoctin Furnace ironworkers" by, Mikayla Newton, DC News Now

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OUTDOORS MARYLAND Episode 3303 featuring Catoctin Furnace 

County Spotlight: Historical Grant- Recovering Identity Survey

October 4, 2021 in Uncategorized

The New Yorker

Catoctin Furnace and its hallowed African American cemetery are mentioned in The New Yorker this week. Jill Lepore's article, "Unearthing Black History," explores conflicted views surrounding efforts to rescue African…
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August 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

Capital Gazette

Read this article, Jeff Holland: On Catoctin visit, a walk into rich history | COMMENTARY
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