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Thurmont in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Preparing the Hearth

Catoctin Mountain Park

 

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
1. Preparing the Hearth Marker
Inscription. This is a hearth—one of many sites in the park where a collier burned wood to make charcoal. Notice the blackened soil. The collier first cleared a level area 30 to 40 feet in diameter. Each time he used the hearth the collier raked the dirt and dust aside.

Then the hauler pulled the sled into the area and stacked the four-foot logs as you see them here. The hearth was now ready for the collier to put his charcoal-making experience to work—a series of step-by-step skills learned and mastered in a seven-year apprenticeship.

[Image captions:]
A collier trims a log as he prepares to build a stack on the hearth.

A collier takes out a hearth for the next burning.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 38.619′ N, 77° 26.62′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Park Central Road north of Foxville Road (Maryland Route 77), on the right. Touch for map. On the grounds of Catoctin Mountain Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14799 Park Central Road, Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Making Charcoal (about 400 feet away, measured
Preparing the Hearth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
2. Preparing the Hearth Marker
in a direct line); Wood Hauler's Sled (about 500 feet away); Collier's Hut (about 700 feet away); Wood—the Essential Ingredient (approx. 0.2 miles away); Signs of the Past (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fueling the Furnace (approx. ¼ mile away); Making Whiskey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blue Blazes Still (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Hearth image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, August 5, 2018
3. The Hearth
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 17 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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