Catoctin Furnace Historical Society in National Gardener Magazine!

The CHFS , the Green-walled Garden Club and our partners at the Silver Oak Academy are featured in the summer edition of the National Gardener Magazine sponsored by the National Garden Club.  Click here, and read pages 23-26.

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society’s Historic Building Trades Program with Elizabeth Comer

Check out our own Elizabeth Comer in the PreserveCast podcast episode entitled “Rising from the Ashes with the Catoctin Furnace Historic Building Trades Program”.  The PreserveCast is the most popular historic preservation podcast.

Podcast Alert!

Check out the Frederickland podcast, hosted by Dewey, for their feature on the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society: Frederickland – The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society.

The Frederickland podcast is devoted to sharing the voices and pictures of Frederick, Maryland.

Catoctin Furnace allowed dozens to get a taste for Black History Month

Culinary students from Silver Oaks Academy catered the lunch inspired by history. Check our news coverage on Local DVM here.

Grant helps with conservation efforts at Frederick County historical treasure: Catoctin Furnace

See our article in the Frederick News-Post.

Meet Valerie Tripp: A Q&A with American Girl book series mastermind before her appearance in Thurmont

See our article about Spring in the Village in the Frederick News-Post.

Why you should care about the Catoctin Furnace

See our article in the Frederick News-Post.


Please download our call for artists for the 2018 Spring in the Village / Art at the Furnace festival in the historic village of Catoctin Furnace. Dates will be May 5 and May 6, 2018. Download this form for more information.

The Clothing of the Forgeman’s House

Approximately 100 items of clothing dating from the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century were recovered during the restoration of the Forgeman’s House. The worker clothing, worn and torn beyond repair, was shoved into gaps between the walls and eaves of the house, possibly serving as insulation. All genders and ages are represented. A catalog of the clothing is available here.

Please watch the news story about this important discovery on WHAG.

Another Archaeological Mystery

This item was recovered from archaeological excavations below the Forgeman’s House. The material appears to be the same glassy slag that is found all over the village of Catoctin Furnace, ranging from dark gray to black in color and full of impurities. The shape, however, is clearly decorative. Because of its unique shape, it has reminded some of us of: earring pendants, icicle hanging decorations, and Venetian glass. What do you think??? Please let us know!

Abraham Lincoln in Song and Oh Freedom!

Thank you for supporting Abraham Lincoln in Song and Oh Freedom, Songs of the Civil Rights Movement.  If you missed the concert you can still listen to the music!  Click on the links below to download song samples of Chris Vallillo on Soundcloud:
From Oh Freedom!:
From Abraham Lincoln in Song:

Check out our Section 106 Success Story below!

An Archaeological Mystery

Any guesses what this is? Recently, the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society received this as a donation. Please let us know if you have any ideas!

Recognizing History: Landmarks honors Catoctin Furnace homes with plaques

Catoctin Furnace homes in the Frederick News-Post

April 29, 2015
Karen Gardner

Furnace Bar and Grill is proud of area’s history, and their food

The local business in the Frederick News-Post: Frederick News-Post

April 13, 2015
Ed Waters, Jr.

Buried Secrets: Study of skeletal remains may hold key to slave history

Catoctin Furnace Bioarchaeological Research in the Frederick News-Post: Frederick News-Post

April 12, 2015
Erik Anderson

Heritage Food Luncheon in the Frederick News-Post

The Heritage Food Luncheon, sponsored by the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., Cunningham Falls State Park, Harriet Chapel, and the Silver Oak Academy was recently featured in the Frederick News-Post. Click here to read the article!

Thank you to our many friends and donors in 2015!

2015 has been a great year!  Please consider donating in 2015. Download our:

2015 Annual Fund Request Letter

2015 recap: accomplishments, activities, and events

2015 Annual Fund Request Form

New Video of Catoctin Furnace and Springfield Manor

Check out our new aerial videos of Catoctin Furnace and Springfield Manor taken by Till Sonnemann using a Phantom II Quadcopter with a GoPro3+:

Catoctin Furnace Historic Site and Nearby Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery

This lovely oil painting of the Isabella stack and casting shed at Catoctin Furnace was painted by award winning artist Ellen Gavin of Millsville, New Jersey. Ellen painted the scene during a visit to the village in June 2014 and generously donated the finished work to the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.

Bond Bill Success!

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society has received a bond bill grant from the Maryland General Assembly! The grant, in the amount of $100,000, will be used for renovations to the Forgeman’s House. This would not have been possible without tireless support from Senator David R. Brinkley. The Catoctin Furnace Society also acknowledges help from Silver Oak Academy in this endeavor. To everyone who helped the CFHS along the way to this important moment, THANK YOU!

MHAA Grant Success!

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society has received a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority Project Grant in the amount of $48,000 to complete the renovations to the Forgeman’s House. THANK YOU to all who supported this effort!

TRIPP Grant Success!

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society has received a TRIPP Grant from the Tourism Council of Frederick County! The grant, in the amount of $6,000, will be used for display cases and exhibits in the “Museum of the Furnace Worker” at 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road. TRIPP grants (Tourism Reinvestment in Promotion and Product) are aimed at supporting tourism marketing and development by non-profit attractions in Frederick County. THANK YOU to the Tourism Council for all your support!