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Events, meetings and lectures are listed in chronological order. Please scroll down to see the full list of upcoming events.

April 26th

The Iron Trail and EV Charging Station Ribbon Cutting 

Friday, April 26, 1:00 p.m.
Iron Furnace Parking Area
12698 Catoctin Furnace Road

Follow in the footsteps of Catoctin Furnace’s ironworkers through 200 years of history on the new Iron Trail. Join us for the ribbon cutting and watch as we fire up the furnace’s first EV charging station. Thanks to the Pomeroy Foundation and the Recreational Trails program, who funded waysides and upgrades to the trail, and FirstEnergy who installed the EV charger.

April 27th

Recovering Identity – North County Recovering Identity Research Seminar

Saturday, April 27th,  9:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m. at the Thurmont Regional Library (Tickets are required, this is an in-person only event, link to Eventbrite below)

Learn about the North County Recovering Identity Project, the study that changed how northern Frederick County’s African American history is perceived and studied.

Morning Session: 9:30 a.m.- noon (Free)

Registration for the morning session is requested but not required

  • Greetings – Maryland Historical Trust, Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office, AARCH (African American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society), and Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.
  • Research Seminar:
  • Edie Wallace – Historic Context
  • John Murphey – Recordation of Architecture
  • Elizabeth Comer – Memory Landscapes and Moravian Diaries/Letters
  • Ben Fischler – Family Research
  • Rob Wanner – Mapping and Spatial Data

Lunch – On your own

  • Delivery is available from Fratelli’s New York Restaurant (301-271-4158) or fast-food restaurants nearby.

Bus Tour: 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Guided bus tour of north county sites ($15.00 pp, ticket required)

  • Creagerstown
  • Graceham
  • Thurmont
  • Emmitsburg & Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Pattersonville
  • Catoctin Furnace
  • Lewistown
Click here to reserve tickets
March 14th

March CFHS Meeting

Tuesday, March 14th,  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. 

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
Saturday & Sunday
10 am - 6 pm on Saturday, May 18

10 am - 4 pm on Sunday, May 19

2024 Maryland Iron Festival

Saturday & Sunday, May 18th & 19th 

10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, May 18

10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, May 19

Festival Page Under Construction; Full Festival Schedule Coming Soon!

Saturday, May 18th

Iron Pour 1:00-2:00 PM 

  • Add to your iron pour experience purchase Scratch Block/Iron Tile and customize it to be a part of the iron pour. 
    • Make your own iron tile at the Maryland Iron Festival! Before purchasing please understand that this activity is on Saturday, May 18th only and requires at home preparation.
2024 Maryland Iron Festival Activity: Scratch Block/Iron Tile Making (Saturday Only)


The Caswells  10:30-12:00pm Colliers Log House/Children’s Area
Slim Harrison & Tom Jolin 12-1pm  Colliers Log House
Van Wagner & Robb Bomboy  2-3:30pm  Furnace Green
Eric Byrd Trio 4pm-6pm Furnace Green


Sunday, May 19th


Ken Brink 11-1pm Furnace Green
Slim Harrison & Tom Jolin 12-1pm Colliers Log House
Shana Oshiro 1-2pm Furnace Green
The Knuckle Dusters 2-4pm Furnace Green

Maker’s Market (Saturday & Sunday)

Woods Creek Brooms


Nick Chomycia 

Native Perennials

Lone Leaf Jewels 

Firewood Treasures 

Toll House Studio 

Angela Shirley 

Bent Wrapped and Hammered 

Beads By Carmen 

Partnership Crafts

Lucys Hairwork 

Homestead Forge

Sahira Apothecary

June 19th

Juneteenth Celebration 

Wednesday, June 19th, 6:30 PM

More information coming soon.

July 4th-6th

Fourth at The Furnace 

July 4th-6th, 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM