April 11th

April CFHS Meeting

Tuesday, April 11th,  12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Due to the resurgence of COVID, we will hold a hybrid meeting. You may join us in person at the Museum of the Ironworker or on Zoom. If you plan to join us via Zoom, you can join on your computer or telephone.

If you experience any issues, please call 240-288-7396 and we will help you register. If you plan to join us in person please wear a mask unless actively eating and drinking.

Monthly meetings will require participants to register in advance.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Click here to register to attend our monthly meeting
Saturday & Sunday
May 20th & 21st
Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

2023 Maryland Iron Festival

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. will present the fifth annual Maryland Iron Festival during the weekend of May 20 & 21, 2023 in partnership with Cunningham Falls State Park, Catoctin Mountain Park, Frederick County Public Libraries, Visit Frederick, and Harriet Chapel. The free festival will commemorate the state as a center for the craft of ironmaking and feature traditional blacksmithing, period music, food trucks, feats of strength, an artisan and makers market, garden and trail tours, artisan demonstrations, children’s activities, fascinating archaeology talks about the amazing discoveries at Catoctin Furnace, and more. Visitors can also walk the Catoctin Furnace African American Cemetery Interpretive Trail, read the wayside panels and visit the Museum of the Ironworker.

MIF Festival Events – full event schedule coming soon

  • 11:00 AM: Join Catoctin Mountain Park Rangers for a tour of the Charcoal Trail. Check in at the ranger pop-up station. 
  • Between 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday only: The live iron pour. 
Saturday, May 20 Only! Live Iron Pour: Create Your Own Cast Iron Relief Tile at the 2023 Maryland Iron Festival

Vendor and Plein Air Artists: Please see the following information about registering to participate in the craft market and plein air art show. 

2023 MIF Call for Artists: Plein Air Art Show

2023 Maryland Iron Festival - Plein Air Painting Information PDF

Plein Air Artists: You may pay the artist fee by using the link below or mailed check. 

Online form: 

If you pay your Plein Air registration fee online you do not need to email us directly as your participation will be noted by the completion of your online registration. 

Mailed check:

If you choose to register by mailing a check please email us to let us know so that we may add you to the list of participants. Please email your first and last name, phone number to info@catoctinfurnace.org with the subject line: 2023MIFPLEINAIR. If you mail your check in leu of the online form; please send it to 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788. 

Pay Plein Air Artist Entry Fee Online

2023 MIF Call for Artists: Craft Market

All artists who have previously participated in one of our events are automatically eligible to participate. If you have not participated in a CFHS Craft Market and are interested in participating, please email us directly with the subject line below. Please introduce yourself and provide a link to your site or social media accounts. We will then review your request.

Please note that all spaces are filled in the event tent but we are still accepting craft market applications. 

Artists:  The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society invites you to apply to participate as a vendor for this year’s Maryland Iron Festival: Craft Market. 

Please fill out and send us your Craft Market registration paperwork and email to info@catoctinfurnace.org  with the subject line 2023MIFARTIST.


2023 Maryland Iron Festival Information - Call for Artists/Registration PDF Form

Artists:  You may pay the artist fee by using the link below or mailed check. If you mail your check, please send it to 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, MD 21788.

Pay Craft Market Entry Fee Online