June 12th

“America’s Hidden Stories: Forged In Slavery” (Season 3, Episode 3)

Who were the enslaved ironworkers of Catoctin Furnace? 
What happened to their community?

The Smithsonian Channel’s America’s Hidden Stories: Forged in Slavery reveals a startling new picture of slavery and the role that skilled African Americans played in America’s Industrial Revolution. The episode will premiere on June 12th at 8:00 pm on The Smithsonian Channel and Paramount+

Art Show
June 1st-30th

2023 Maryland Iron Festival Plein Air Show at Frederick Coffee Co & Cafe

The plein air paintings done during the 2023 Maryland Iron Festival are on display at the Frederick Coffee Company & Cafe, June 1st-30th. We hope you’ll stop by and see their amazing work!
Interested in participating next year? Information on plein air painting during the 2024 Maryland Iron Festival will be available closer to the event date, May 18th & 19th, 2024.
June 13th

June CFHS Meeting

Tuesday, June 13th,  12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

We will resume monthly talks at the June meeting. Topic to be announced. 

Monthly meetings will require participants to register in advance. 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. 

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

Click here to register to attend our monthly meeting
June 19th

Juneteenth Ceremony with Thurmont Lions Club 

Monday, June 19, 2023, 6:30 pm 

A wreath laying ceremony with a name reading of those that were enslaved during the operation of the Iron furnace. Light refreshments after.

Saturday & Sunday
October 13th &14th


Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 

Join us for apple butter boiling and blacksmithing demonstrations.

October 21st

Spirits of the Furnace 

Saturday, October 21 

“Spirits of the Furnace” is a guided night tour through the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace and Village, with stops in historic structures and along the landscape.

The scenes encountered during “Spirits of the Furnace” are based on actual events in the village. For example, the enslaved butler at the Ironmaster’s mansion discusses preparations for a dinner party and describes his job in the big house which includes wine pairings and proper table settings and service. In another scene, a grave is being dug for a worker killed in an industrial accident.

More information on our annual night tour coming soon. Tickets are required and will be on sale closer to the date. Please stay tuned. 

December 2nd

Traditional Village Christmas 

Saturday, December 2nd

Outdoor, European style Holiday market. Decorate a fresh wreath with bows, balls, bells, pinecones, holly, icicles and ornaments or let our volunteers do it for you! Select unique handmade gifts for the holidays. Watch a blacksmith at work! 

Enjoy hot apple cider and heirloom-recipe baked goods. Children can make a craft and enjoy a visit with Belsnickel. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Christmas in Catoctin Furnace included a visit from Belsnickel to the homes of German immigrants.  During this visit, which took place two weeks before Christmas, Belsnickel rewarded good children with treats but carried a switch to punish naughty ones. 

Saturday & Sunday
May 18th & 19th

2024 Maryland Iron Festival

Saturday & Sunday, May 18th & 19th 

More information to come regarding the sixth annual Maryland Iron Festival.