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The Maryland Iron Festival: Mountains, Metal and Malt - Virtual Edition
  • August 22, 2020 - August 23, 2020
  • Recurring daily
  • Catoctin Furnace
  • 12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788
  • 443-463-6437
  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Free

    Join online for this year's festival! There will be blacksmithing, traditional food preparation, and artist demonstrations as well as virtual versions of "Feats of Strength" anvil lifting and cannonball toss! Enjoy music from Slim Harrison and Jubilee Voices! Tune in for live, interactive talks with archaeologists to learn about the treasure trove of historic clothing, the African American cemetery, and get updates about exciting historic preservation and restoration work. There will be interactive activities—including handkerchief doll making; punched tin ornament making; COVID-19 mask making with fabric inspired by the historic clothing found in the Forgeman’s House; and basket weaving. Supplies for crafts can be sent to you at home!


    Click here for a preview of the festival's activities and programming, videography by Blackfoot Productions.


    Registration for the interactive Maryland Iron Festival will be hosted through Zoom, and registration details are available on

    The event will also stream on the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society's Facebook page and upcoming YouTube channel. Please check website for event details.

    Save the date for next year's event: May 22 and 23, 2021!