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Maryland Iron Festival
  • May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022
  • Recurring daily
  • Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
  • 12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788
  • 240-288-7396
  • 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Free admission

    Celebrate our region’s history as an early center for iron making at this festival featuring blacksmithing demonstrations; hands-on casting and molding demonstrations by experts from Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site; guided tours of the historic village by costumed interpreters; a beer and wine garden; plein air artists; delicious historic foods; a wide variety of iron and metalwork arts, crafts, and jewelry; live period music; whimsical cannonball tosses and anvil-lifting contests; children’s activities; make it/take it opportunities, and more!  Partner events in surrounding parks and towns—including exhibits at the Museum of the Ironworker, educational speakers at the Thurmont Public Library, guided tours of the charcoal trail in nearby Catoctin Mountain National Park, and a commemoration of the role of Africans in ironmaking at Catoctin.