The Forgeman’s House is not a typical overnight destination. While it has a lovely modern bathroom with a shower, a gas fireplace, and the kitchen even boasts a dishwasher, as soon as you walk through the doorway and leave the modern amenities, you enter an 1820 home. The antique furniture and handmade reproductions are not overstuffed (or stuffed at all); and traditional roped beds (complete with modern mattresses!) will lull you to sleep…as you repeat the phrase “sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite”. We will make sure your bed ropes are tight, but the experience of sleeping on a rope bed is one you and everyone in your group will remember.
Prior to restoration, archaeologists recovered more than 30,000 artifacts from beneath the floorboards of the structure. These everyday treasures tell the stories of families who lived here: children playing marbles, a cobbler mending shoes, a seamstress sewing the latest pleated and puffed sleeve, someone using the first strike-a-light matches (Weller matches from nearby Thurmont) to light the fire. A “below the floorboards” exhibit case allows you to see what archaeologists found during excavations.