“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Thurmont, Maryland Historical Markers

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By Don Morfe, October 22, 2011
Catoctin Iron Furnace
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — "Isabella" and Casting ShedCatoctin Iron Furnace
A Village and Its Resources: The quiet village of Catoctin Furnace was a bustling industrial community that began in the 1700’s around the Iron-making complex James Johnson built the first furnace with financial assistance from Thomas Johnson, . . . — Map (db m61258) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — A Fatal Shootout
Near here on July 31, 1929, Deputy Sheriff Clyde L. Hauver was fatally wounded in a raid on the Blue Blazes Still. Police eventually tracked down several suspects, and two moonshiners were convicted in connection with the murder after several days . . . — Map (db m79932) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — A Tradition of ConservationCatoctin Mountain Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Many organizations and individuals have played a part in cultivating Catoctin Mountain Park’s legacy of conservation and education. Since the 1930’s thousands of adults and school children have participated in learning-by-doing programs. They have . . . — Map (db m61237) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Blue Blazes Still
What the police discovered at the Blue Blazes Still was startling. This was not a small, family still but a big, commercial whiskey operation. Police found coils, cooling boxes, hoses, and eighteen 500-gallon-vats— the largest best equipped . . . — Map (db m79945) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Catoctin Furnace
An important iron furnace during the revolution owned by Governor Thomas Johnson and his brothers. Furnished 100 tons of shells used at Yorktown. — Map (db m1530) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Catoctin Iron FurnaceOriginal Catoctin Furnace
The original Catoctin Furnace, located nearby on Little Hunting Creek, was in blast by 1776 and delivered 958 ten inch bombshells weighing over 31 tons to Washington’s Continental Army in 1780. A great number were used in the siege of Yorktown a . . . — Map (db m61259) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Catoctin Iron FurnaceNo Time For War
Gettysburg Campaign When Union Gen. John F. Reynolds’ I Corps marched by here on June 29, 1863, en route to Emmitsburg and soon to Gettysburg, his men were progressing “swimmingly.” The workers of the Catoctin Furnace had little time . . . — Map (db m105249) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Catoctin Mountain Geology
· Mountain age: 500 million years old · Highest local mountain peak: Quirauk Mountain - 2,145 feet tall · Commonly found rocks: Metabasalt, quartzite, limestone, metarhyolite The Catoctin Mountains were once similar in size and shape to the . . . — Map (db m99366) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Creeger House11 North Church Street
Originally built in the 1820's this house was enlarged and brick cased in 1876 for Col. John R. Rouzer, Civil War hero. Purchased by Edwin Creeger in 1924 and deeded to the Thurmont Historical Society by Mrs. Ethel Creeger in 1990. Recognized in . . . — Map (db m66196) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Cunningham Fallslocally known as McAfee Falls — Cunningham Falls State Park
Big Hunting Creek begins just west of this spot in a series of seeps and springs atop the Foxville Plateau. The creek flows over the Falls into Hunting Creek Lake (also known as Cunningham Falls Lake) and along MD Route 77. The creek is designated . . . — Map (db m61244) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Making Whiskey
This Still is typical of one on a family farm. Cracked corn, yeast, sugar, and water were put into a wooden barrel to ferment. The solids were removed, and the liquid was poured into the (1) kettle and heated over a (2) wood fire. Because alcohol . . . — Map (db m80123) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Second Growth Forest
· Tree age: 100 years old, or less · Dominant tree types: Oak and hickory The Benefits of Trees Prior to the area being protected the 1930s, trees were routinely cut for farming, timbering and to make charcoal for the Catoctin Iron Furnace. As . . . — Map (db m98721) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock
Creed of the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock We Who Love Angling, in order that it may enjoy practice and reward in the later generations, mutually move together towards a common goal – the conservation and restoration of American game . . . — Map (db m81790) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — ThurmontFormerly Mechanicstown — Gettysburg Campaign
On June 29, 1863, Mechanicstown was full of the noise of an army on the move as Union Gen. John F. Reynolds marched I Corps to Emmitsburg. Until then, residents had only heard rumors of the advancing Confederates as nervous farmers hurried horses . . . — Map (db m1540) HM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — Thurmont Memorial Park
Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of this community who have served their country. In memory of the unknown veterans who gave their all in the service of their country. Established by the Town of Thurmont with the help . . . — Map (db m14030) WM
Maryland (Frederick County), Thurmont — To the Unknown DeadCo. D 6th Maryland Infantry
To the Unknown Dead 1861 - 1865 Memorial to J. [James] Edward Heffner Member Co. D 6th Md. Inf. Erected by his wife. — Map (db m14027) HM

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