The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. will present the third annual Maryland Iron Festival in person during the weekend of September 18 and 19. In partnership with Cunningham Falls State Park, Catoctin Mountain Park, PopUp Frederick, Harriet Chapel, Frederick County Public Libraries and Visit Frederick. This will be an entirely outdoor, open-air event. Masks will be required for all attendees and will be provided free to all. (Please note: entry to enclosed activities will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test done within 48 hours. This excludes DNR/state-owned landscapes.)
Families and festival attendees of all ages will enjoy blacksmithing, woodturning, and casting demonstrations; ranger-led tours in Catoctin Mountain Park; tours of historic Harriet Chapel, “Feats of Strength” games and challenges; an artist and maker market; children’s activities; activities from the Frederick County Public Libraries; Scales and Tales birds of prey program; an interactive display from Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Historical Society and more! The Museum of the Ironworker, featuring our new forensic facial reconstructions, will be open to one-way, limited group traffic (masked and vaccinated or negative COVID visitors only).
The event will feature live music from The Caswells on Saturday at 1pm and on Sunday family favorite Slim Harrison performs at 11:00am and 2:30pm. Sunday also includes a performance of Braided Lives, a music and poetry program by HALO Quartet and Elayne Bond Hyman at 1pm. Bluegrass music will delight visitors throughout the weekend.
Food trucks including Uptown BBQ, Yume Food Truck, and Snowball Waterfalls will be onsite over the weekend and beverages will be served; beer, wine, soft drinks and water. A bake sale with homemade delicious treats from heirloom recipes will be set up for the weekend.
Festival visitors can also enjoy a hike along the Catoctin Furnace African American Cemetery Interpretive Trail, which links the furnace to the historic village with a trail extension into Cunningham Falls State Park and visits to Catoctin Furnace’s historic kitchen and pollinator gardens.