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

Dynamic Nature of History

 
 
Dynamic Nature of History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2021
1. Dynamic Nature of History Marker
Inscription.  
“The rounds that followed the ‘shot heard round the world’ may well have been smelted right here in Frederick County...but the furnaces which did the job are crumbling from the weight of time and neglect.”
Frederick Post, February 11, 1965.

“Road Could Reduce Iron Works to Rubble,”
— Tom Ferarro, Morning Herald, August 2, 1977.

Before European immigrants and enslaved Africans lived and worked at Catoctin Furnace, the land was home to Susquehannocks, Five Nations Iroquois, Shawnee, Tuscarora, and Piscataway. After 1776, the iron industry dominated the village for 130 years until the growth of large corporations that produced iron more efficiently doomed the complex. In the early 20th century, company houses were purchased by families who had been employed in the furnace operation. In the 1970s, a planned expansion of US Route 15 threatened the furnace and historic village. After a public outcry which ignited interest in preserving the site, the Maryland State Highway Administration altered their plans and shifted the planned roadway expansion to the west. In 1973, The
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Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc, was formed and continues its mission to preserve and restore this village. In Catoctin Furnace, the layers of history are deep and inclusive. (Marker Number 8.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesIndustry & CommerceNative Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
 
Location. 39° 34.732′ N, 77° 26.09′ W. Marker is in Thurmont, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Catoctin Furnace Road (Maryland Route 806) just south of Catoctin Hollow Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12698 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont MD 21788, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Unquiet Place (a few steps from this marker); The Return of Names (a few steps from this marker); Erasure and Rediscovery (a few steps from this marker); Who Built this Village? (within shouting distance of this marker); Secondary Industries and the Mill Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); Resources: Use—Reuse—Recycle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harriet Chapel (about 600 feet away); A Diverse and Skilled Workforce (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thurmont.
 
Dynamic Nature of History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2021
2. Dynamic Nature of History Marker
The Collier's Log House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2021
3. The Collier's Log House
» The Collier's log house is unusual in Catoctin Furnace as it is the only extant double log house. The two dwellings share an interior wall and there are two interior brick chimneys. Prior to restoration, the “A” roof was tinned over shingle and the square, roughly hewn logs were covered with white siding.
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The Collier's Log House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2021
4. The Collier's Log House
» (Above) CFHS members named the log house the “Collier's Log House” when it was acquired in 1980. Restoration included raising the dwelling, placing a new stone foundation under it, and replacing several rotten sill logs.
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From the Ground Up image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2021
5. From the Ground Up
» Elizabeth Y. Anderson, Treasurer; and Clement E. Gardiner; President, are featured in this 1984 Frederick Post article about the ongoing building restoration. They raised $104,000 to complete the project. The Frederick Post, Friday July 27, 1984.
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Catoctin Furnace Reconstruction Begins image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, October 18, 2021
6. Catoctin Furnace Reconstruction Begins
» Elizabeth Y. Anderson, Treasurer; and Clement E. Gardiner; President, are featured in this 1984 Frederick Post article about the ongoing building restoration. They raised $104,000 to complete the project. Frederick Post, Saturday July 26, 1973.
Close-up of image on marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 28, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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