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

Summer hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm

Kitchen garden and trails open dawn to dusk. 

General admission to the museum is free but a donation is suggested. Facemasks are required to be worn when indoors. 

Guided village tours available by appointment only (includes museum access): 
$10.00 adults
$5.00 children 7 – 12
Under 7 year free
Family group $25.00
Group discount: $85.00 for 10 adults
Maximum group size is 15

Please contact to arrange a guided tour

Frederick County Public Schools, please send an inquiry about our school sponsored group tour guidelines. 

Plein Air Art Show

Don’t miss your chance to see (and purchase!) one-of-a-kind works created by local artists at the 2022 Maryland Iron Festival!

On display at the Thurmont Regional Library (six minute drive from The Museum of The Ironworker) July 17th-August 7th! Closing reception August 7, 2022 at 3pm.

September CFHS Meeting

Tuesday, September 13th, Noon – 2 p.m.

Please note that by tradition, we do not hold an August monthly meeting. We will reconvene in September.

We will hold a hybrid meeting. You may join us in person at The Museum of the Ironworker or on Zoom. Please note that we still require facemarks to be worn indoors unless actively eating and drinking as light lunch is served during the meeting. 

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 2023. 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


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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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Capital Gazette

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