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

Thurmont

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— Catoctin Mountain Towns & Communities —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, November 11, 2020
1. Thurmont Marker
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Each year, thousands of visitors come to the Thurmont area to enjoy the Great Outdoors. Uniquely positioned amidst a cavalcade of authentic recreational experiences, the Maryland Main Street designee of over 6,000 residents proudly caters to hikers, bikers, mountain creek anglers, and covered bridge seekers. Top draws include Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS) and Cunningham Falls State Park. Catoctin Colorfest and the GUardian Hose Company's Carnival are longstanding special events along with various holiday happenings, concerts and an annual Community Show.

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill have been among the many visitors to Thurmont. In 1942, FDR chose Catoctin Mountain to serve as his presidential retreat with the creation of Shangri-La…later to be known as Camp David.

Catoctin Colorfest began in 1963 as a nature walk but quickly evolved into a juried arts & crafts show that features respected artists from across the United States.

Thurmont is known for its fruit orchards, farm markets and eclectic mix of eateries and shops,
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some dating back to the mid 20th century and the Romantic era of automobile travel.

Considered by man as one of the state's best cycling experiences, the Thurmont area consists of routes linking three historic covered bridges, and several more vintage water crossings made of iron.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Covered Bridges 🌉, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series lists.
 
Location. 39° 42.483′ N, 77° 18.846′ W. Marker is near Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Catoctin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15) half a mile south of Business U.S. 15, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17300 Catoctin Mountain Hwy, Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Thurmont (here, next to this marker); Emmitsburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Emmitsburg Longrifles (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (within shouting distance
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of this marker); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Operation Urgent Fury and Lebanese Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Persian Gulf Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 44 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
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Mar. 4, 2021