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Address: 12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788-3008
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Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the...

Built in 1776 and located at Cunningham Falls State Park, this was the first iron furnace constructed in rural Frederick County.

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Great for a Hike

Great history and a great walk through the woods, we go here a couple of times a year to walk the trail and breath the fresh air, it is always good to see history.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Emmitsburg, Maryland
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Rahway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

A local history group has supplemented the restored iron furnace, which is a State historic site, with interpretive restoration of other parts of this industrial complex which functioned for 100 years. It is remarkable that they were able to preserve a community, with worker housing and company store to tell the broader story of the enterprise. An iron furnace actually... More 

Thank Richard S
Emmitsburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great history and a great walk through the woods, we go here a couple of times a year to walk the trail and breath the fresh air, it is always good to see history.

Thank Horrormoviesandmore
Loma Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We saw the roadsign for Catoctin Furnace and so pulled off to take a look, and it was interesting. There was a sign explaining what it is and how the town is named for it, and there is a picnic bench inside where one could have a picnic, but not much else. If I had a family and needed a... More 

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York Springs, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

This is a side-trip type of attraction, and it's free! There are several other things to see in this area, so why not stop by the furnace and learn more about the history of the area? This is a fine piece of architecture that remains "hands-on" for its visitors. You can touch, smell, see, and revel in the quiet. It... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

We took the self pace tour. The tour, self paced or guided, does not take long. This would b a nice stop if you have been in the car on a long trip and u just needed a short break. The site was great. Informative. Very interesting. Amazing to see how different things were back in the day.

Thank Ladybier
Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

You can immerse yourself into this area with the exhibit that way it is laid out. Very basic, but good historical information. Take the trail walk. It is easy and pretty and the bridge is fanciful.

Thank Joanne C
Lexington, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Spent part of the day exploring Catoctin Mountain Park (yeah I saw you Camp David). While there I particularly love the interpretive trails featuring the sawmill, still, and charcoal creation process. Stopping by the Catoctin Furnace (which was a major recipient of Catoctin charcoal) seemed like a natural segue. The site includes ruins of part of the old iron furnace,... More 

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Zullinger, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

Well preserved quick stop enroute to other sites....Interesting, Near the zoo and the covered bridges. But is not the main object of a tour. As a sidelight to the state parks though it gives insight to life in these mountains and farmlands 200 years ago.

Thank peggycostion
Sykesville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

We visited this area last year and enjoyed the hike through the woods. We also followed the trail to see some of the other sites, like the old whiskey still. Very easy walk along the stream.

Thank Gary Y
Marlton, NJ
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

Quick stop along a road trip and said ok let's continue to the next stop. Basically just the ruins of the furnace with a trail. Nice activity to waste some time but don't go out of our way for it. Free, small parking lot, one Mr Bob style bathroom.

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