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September 27th

Recovering Identity Phase 2: Community Meeting

Wednesday, September 27th, 7:00 PM

African American Resources Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH Society) and Frederick County will host the first community meeting to launch a countywide historic context study.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning about historic context studies, African American history, or how to get involved with the project. They will share why historic context studies are important for community planning, an overview of the goals and purpose for this study, oral histories, and ongoing efforts to preserve Frederick County’s African American history.

Additionally, AARCH Society and Frederick County are seeking community involvement and public comment from those with personal experiences and knowledge of the County to ensure accurate and complete documentation of Frederick County’s African American history.

The countywide historic context study is Phase II of the Recovering Identity project to study African American history and sites throughout Frederick County. Phase I, completed by Catoctin Furnace Historical Society (CFHS), produced a context statement and surveyed African American sites in northern Frederick County. Both phases are funded in part by the Maryland Historical Trust’s Non-Capital Survey Grant. AARCH Society and the County will hold more public meetings throughout Phase II.

For more information about Recovering Identity, please contact County staff at RecoveringIdentity@FrederickCountyMD.gov.

Rollins Life Celebration Center
330 Catoctin Ave
Frederick, MD 21701

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October 10th

October CFHS Meeting

Tuesday, October 10th,  12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

By tradition we do not hold an August meeting.

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.

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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 

First tour 6:30 PM, Last tour 8:30 PM

“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. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance. 

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December 2nd

Traditional Village Christmas 

Saturday, December 2nd

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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.