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.
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.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
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!
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:
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+:
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!