Camp Nassawango
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Camp Nassawango

This summer Furnace Town will be hosting Camp Nassawango - a 5-day camp where children learn and explore the history and natural wonders of Delmarva. 

Let them take a step back in time as they learn 19th-century trades and culture.

Campers will learn how children of the past learned, worked and played in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Not only will campers get hands on experience with history, but they will also learn about the wonders of nature around Nassawango Creek.

Some of the fun activities we have planned are:

  • Learn fun games that children played in the 19th-century
  • Discover the science of the furnace with hands on tools
  • Sing and dance to songs of the 1800’s
  • Learn Furnace Town crafts of felting, weaving, printing, & more
  • Discover animal sounds and tracks of Delmarva
  • Archaeology Digs
  • & Much, Much More!

Camp Nassawango Dates:
June 25-29
July 9-13
July 23-27
August 6-10

Camp Nassawango is appropriate for ages 8-12. The cost is $20/day and each day the camp starts at 8:00am and ends at 5:30pm. Lunch is not included.

We're flexible - let us know if you would prefer a shorter week, or only a couple of days of the camp. Just give us a call. 

Please contact Sarah Campbell for more information or if you have any questions at scampbell@furnacetown.org.

Our goal is to have our younger generation excited and talking about history, cultural heritage, and science - and to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Additional funding provided by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

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Paranormal Investigation
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adult: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class
Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class

The blacksmith was an essential part of 19th-century communities. Discover the basics of this artistry in the Furnace Town beginner blacksmith class.

Using our 19th-century style forge, you’ll learn to make and take home a J-hook, and more if time permits. You’ll learn the interesting history of Furnace Town’s furnace, blacksmith shop and its collection of nineteenth-century blacksmith tools.

No experience necessary. You will gain knowledge and confidence to explore the world of blacksmithing. Please wear closed toe shoes, natural fiber clothing, and lightweight leather gloves. If you have clear safety glasses please bring them, or a pair will be provided.

Equipment, materials, water & soda provided. Please bring a lunch.

Instructor: Matt Kemp
Class: Limited to 6 participants ages 16+
Level: Beginner
Cost: $60
Member Cost: $30

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Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ: John O'Dell & Windy Ridge
Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ: John O'Dell & Windy Ridge

For our third performance we welcome John O’Dell & Windy Ridge - Scott Walker, Banjo; Brad Sams, Bass; John O’Dell, Guitar; David Probst, Mandolin; and Tom Lyons, Fiddle.

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Over the last 35 years John O’Dell & Windy Ridge — as well as the Good Deale Bluegrass Band, of which John O’Dell was a founding member — have been entertaining audiences with traditional Bluegrass and classic country music at some of the nation’s premier venues. Places like; Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, The Avalon Theater, The Birchmere, The Ram’s Head, Luckett’s Schoolhouse, and the Globe Theater, and festivals like Gettysburg, Pa., Watermelon Park, Va., Deale, Md., Union Grove, N.C., and Ocean City, Maryland.

In addition, their songwriting and musicianship has afforded them the opportunity to produce three critically-acclaimed albums and to perform at hundreds of municipal, corporate, government, major league sports, and university-sponsored events, TV, and radio broadcasts.

John O’Dell writes “perfect little stories that everyone can relate to — and that might just bring a tear to your eye.” — Lisa Kay Howard, WAMU Radio

Enjoy cold crisp local craft beer from Evolution Craft Brewing Company and Tall Tales Brewing Co. and hot delicious BBQ from Backyard Louie’s BBQ available for purchase while you watch the show.

Come early and bring your banjo, mandolin, guitar, or voice and join a masterclass workshop from 1pm-2pm. Sit down with a professional musician or two and learn how to play bluegrass music.

Adult: $12
Child/Member: $6
*Beer, BBQ, and other vendor items available for purchase

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Camp Nassawango
Aug
6
to Aug 10

Camp Nassawango

This summer Furnace Town will be hosting Camp Nassawango - a 5-day camp where children learn and explore the history and natural wonders of Delmarva. 

Let them take a step back in time as they learn 19th-century trades and culture.

Campers will learn how children of the past learned, worked and played in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Not only will campers get hands on experience with history, but they will also learn about the wonders of nature around Nassawango Creek.

Some of the fun activities we have planned are:

  • Learn fun games that children played in the 19th-century
  • Discover the science of the furnace with hands on tools
  • Sing and dance to songs of the 1800’s
  • Learn Furnace Town crafts of felting, weaving, printing, & more
  • Discover animal sounds and tracks of Delmarva
  • Archaeology Digs
  • & Much, Much More!

Camp Nassawango Dates:
June 25-29
July 9-13
July 23-27
August 6-10

Camp Nassawango is appropriate for ages 8-12. The cost is $20/day and each day the camp starts at 8:00am and ends at 5:30pm. Lunch is not included.

We're flexible - let us know if you would prefer a shorter week, or only a couple of days of the camp. Just give us a call. 

Please contact Sarah Campbell for more information or if you have any questions at scampbell@furnacetown.org.

Our goal is to have our younger generation excited and talking about history, cultural heritage, and science - and to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Additional funding provided by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

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Paranormal Investigation
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adult: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Folk School Heritage Days
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Folk School Heritage Days

Step back in time at Folk School Heritage Days. Explore and discover our rich cultural heritage where there it’s fun for the whole family!

Sign up for one of our Folk School classes, join in a hands-on-history workshop, or watch one of our demonstrations.

Visit one of our artisans: blacksmith, broom maker, gardener, quilter, spinner, weaver, or woodworker.

Demonstrations - FREE
The Story of the Furnace
Music Connects Us
Blacksmithing Basics
Hymns of the 19th-century
Quilting
Traditional Great Wheel Spinning

Hands-on-History - FREE
Playtime at Furnace Town
19th Century Cooking

Folk School Classes - $
Broom Making - Beginner
Weaving Class - Beginner
Paper Making Class
Cost: $45/$25 Member

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Storytelling in the Schoolhouse
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Storytelling in the Schoolhouse

Bring the family to Furnace Town and take a seat in the Mt. Zion One-room Schoolhouse for children’s storytelling time. We’ll tell a children’s story, share the history of Furnace Town and talk about what life was like for children in the nineteenth century.

10:30am – Noon
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: Regular Admission

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Guided Tour
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Furnace Town and step back in time. We’ll share the history of the village and tour our unique collection of nineteenth century buildings. You’ll meet our artisans, and learn the story of the people that lived and worked at Furnace Town - and hear a ghost story or two.

10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School: Archaeology Dig
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Folk School: Archaeology Dig

Discover the rich history of Furnace Town on a public archaeology dig. We have several sites that still provide clues to what life was like at Furnace Town over 170 years ago. Pottery, pieces of glass bottles, nails, charcoal, slag, and more are waiting to be found!

We can accommodate up to eight people ages 8 and above. Give us a call (410) 632-2032 to sign up or click the REGISTER button below.

Instructor: Patrick Rofe

Materials: Included
Cost: $15/pp

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Folk School: Advanced Weaving Class
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Folk School: Advanced Weaving Class

Experience the traditional art of weaving in our Advanced Weaving Class. This three hour course will offer a refresher on the basics of weaving, and introduce you to a more complicated warp and weft.

All participants will make their place setting or table runner to take home. Some prior weaving experience preferred, but not required.

Instructor: Grace Tartaglia
Time: 10:30am - 1:30am
Age: 16 and up
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Advanced
Materials: Provided

Fee: $60/Member $30

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Folk School: Broom Making Class
Aug
11
10:30 AM10:30

Folk School: Broom Making Class

Discover the art and beauty of handmade brooms!

Furnace Town residents made different small hand brooms for different purposes. Using one of the oldest broom making methods, you’ll learn to make a variety of small hand brooms. Participants will take home 3 small hand brooms. You’ll learn the interesting history of Furnace Town’s broom house and its collection of nineteenth-century broom making equipment.

No experience necessary. You will gain knowledge and confidence to explore the world of handcrafted brooms. Please wear closed toe shoes. All equipment and materials provided.

Instructor: Ann Smith
Class: Limited to 6 participants ages 10+.
Level: Beginner
Materials: Provided
Cost: $45
Member Cost: $22.50

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Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class
Aug
18
9:00 AM09:00

Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class

The blacksmith was an essential part of 19th-century communities. Discover the basics of this artistry in the Furnace Town beginner blacksmith class.

Using our 19th-century style forge, you’ll learn to make and take home a J-hook, and more if time permits. You’ll learn the interesting history of Furnace Town’s furnace, blacksmith shop and its collection of nineteenth-century blacksmith tools.

No experience necessary. You will gain knowledge and confidence to explore the world of blacksmithing. Please wear closed toe shoes, natural fiber clothing, and lightweight leather gloves. If you have clear safety glasses please bring them, or a pair will be provided.

Equipment, materials, water & soda provided. Please bring a lunch.

Instructor: Matt Kemp
Class: Limited to 6 participants ages 16+
Level: Beginner
Cost: $60
Member Cost: $30

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Paranormal Investigation
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adult: $25
Child: $15

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Nassawango Bluegrass Festival
Sep
7
to Sep 9

Nassawango Bluegrass Festival

The Nassawango Bluegrass Festival is a place for pickers to come together and celebrate the music that we hold dear.

We hope you come and pick with us September 7th, 8th, and 9th 2018. Enjoy live music, camping with friends, all day & all night jam sessions, delicious local craft beer, local artisans, amazing BBQ, and a bluegrass competition with Cash Prizes!

The Nassawango Bluegrass Festival is located at Furnace Town Living History Village. Furnace Town is located in the Pocomoke Forest on over ten acres brimming with history.

Rough tent camping will be permitted within Furnace Town in the designated camping area. This will be on a first come first serve basis. We will also offer a select few RV spots. We are a historic site; no open fires are permitted inside Furnace Town’s gates. We will have plenty of lighting for all-night jams.

Bluegrass Competition

Our competition will be held all day Saturday, September 8th.
The prizes are as follows:
Adult Categories: 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100
Youth Categories: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50
Band: 1st $800, 2nd $600, 3rd $500
First Prize winners of each category will also receive a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted trophy made by our blacksmith.

Live Music

Friday Evening: Sarah Beth Meadows & Kellen Burger Road
Saturday: Glenville State College Bluegrass Band
Saturday Night: Nashville’s Own Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
Sunday: A special bluegrass gospel show Sunday morning

Bluegrass Boot Camp

Bluegrass Boot camp will be held all day Saturday. This one day camp will give young pickers a chance to hone in on their skills. As well as give them a bluegrass mentor for the day. Hosted by Glenville State College.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL
The Nassawango is an outdoor event and is RAIN or SHINE!

GATE TIMES
Friday: Grounds Open at 10am. 24 Hour Reentry.
Saturday: Gate opens at 10am for non-campers. 24 Hour Reentry.
Sunday: Gate opens at 10am for non-campers. Reentry ends at 5pm.

Daily Admission

Adult: $15.00
Child: $10.00
Senior: $12.00
Military: $12.00
Members: $7.50

Bluegrass Boot Camp - $30.00 with an adult entry

Three Day Pass (includes Camping)

Adult: $30.00
Child: $22.00
Senior: $25.00
Military: $25.00

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Paranormal Investigation
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adults: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Guided Tour
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Furnace Town and step back in time. We’ll share the history of the village and tour our unique collection of nineteenth century buildings. You’ll meet our artisans, and learn the story of the people that lived and worked at Furnace Town - and hear a ghost story or two.

10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School: Broom Making Class
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Folk School: Broom Making Class

Discover the art and beauty of handmade brooms!

Furnace Town residents made different small hand brooms for different purposes. Using one of the oldest broom making methods, you’ll learn to make a variety of small hand brooms. Participants will take home 3 small hand brooms. You’ll learn the interesting history of Furnace Town’s broom house and its collection of nineteenth-century broom making equipment.

No experience necessary. You will gain knowledge and confidence to explore the world of handcrafted brooms. Please wear closed toe shoes. All equipment and materials provided.

Instructor: Ann Smith
Class: Limited to 6 participants ages 10+.
Level: Beginner
Materials: Provided
Cost: $45
Member Cost: $22.50

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Storytelling in the Schoolhouse
Sep
8
10:30 AM10:30

Storytelling in the Schoolhouse

Bring the family to Furnace Town and take a seat in the Mt. Zion One-room Schoolhouse for children’s storytelling time. We’ll tell a children’s story, share the history of Furnace Town and talk about what life was like for children in the nineteenth century.

10:30am – Noon
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School: Weaving Class
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Folk School: Weaving Class

Experience the traditional art of weaving in our Introduction to Weaving Class. This two hour course will cover all the basics of weaving. You’ll learn how to plan a project, and create a one of a kind place setting.

All participants will make their own penny rug, hot pad, or place setting to take home. No prior skills required.

Instructor: Grace Tartaglia
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Age: 16 and up
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Fee: $45/Member $22.50

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Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class

The blacksmith was an essential part of 19th-century communities. Discover the basics of this artistry in the Furnace Town beginner blacksmith class.

Using our 19th-century style forge, you’ll learn to make and take home a J-hook, and more if time permits. You’ll learn the interesting history of Furnace Town’s furnace, blacksmith shop and its collection of nineteenth-century blacksmith tools.

No experience necessary. You will gain knowledge and confidence to explore the world of blacksmithing. Please wear closed toe shoes, natural fiber clothing, and lightweight leather gloves. If you have clear safety glasses please bring them, or a pair will be provided.

Equipment, materials, water & soda provided. Please bring a lunch.

Instructor: Matt Kemp
Class: Limited to 6 participants ages 16+
Level: Beginner
Cost: $60
Member Cost: $30

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Paranormal Investigation
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adult: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Paranormal Investigation
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adult: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Storytelling in the Schoolhouse
Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Storytelling in the Schoolhouse

Bring the family to Furnace Town and take a seat in the Mt. Zion One-room Schoolhouse for children’s storytelling time. We’ll tell a children’s story, share the history of Furnace Town and talk about what life was like for children in the nineteenth century.

10:30am – Noon
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: Regular Admission

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Guided Tour
Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Furnace Town and step back in time. We’ll share the history of the village and tour our unique collection of nineteenth century buildings. You’ll meet our artisans, and learn the story of the people that lived and worked at Furnace Town - and hear a ghost story or two.

10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Regular Admission

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Paranormal Investigation
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adult: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Christmas in the Forest
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

Christmas in the Forest

Join in the festivities on Saturday, December 1 from 1pm-4pm at the Furnace Town Heritage Village Christmas in the Forest celebration.

Our artisans welcome you to the village as they demonstrate weaving, broom making, spinning, and printing. Vendors will be on hand with homemade soaps, jams & jellies, jewelry, glass blowing demonstrations, and more. There will be a craft table for children to make Christmas ornaments, so you can bring the whole family!

Browse the Furnace Town Gift Shop for a broad selection of treasures made by our artisans. There will also be wreath making, warm cider and hot cocoa, and much more available for purchase.

At 3:00pm, our 19th Century Christmas Service will be presented in the Old Nazareth Church. 

Admission to the event is FREE, although donations to Furnace Town will be accepted. call us at (410) 632-2032.

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Traditional Great Wheel Spinning
Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

Traditional Great Wheel Spinning

Ever wonder what those iant spinning wheels were used for? See how wool was prepared and spun on these 'Great Wheels' for producing very lofty and fine woolen yarn, and understand the difference between woolen and worsted wool. (Harrison House)

Time: 4:00pm
Length: 45min.
Location: Harrison/Spin House
Instructor: Gina Gerhard

Cost: Regular Admission

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1800's Children's Games
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

1800's Children's Games

Enjoy this fun-filled program that lets children discover how children of the past played. Discover creative games that ignite imagination, problem solving and coordination in this 40 minute program. 

Children will play games such as Graces, Quoits, Thaumatropes, Cats Cradle, Buzz Saw, and more!

Instructor: Sarah Campbell
Time: 2:00pm
Age:  4 - 12
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School: Weaving Class
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Folk School: Weaving Class

Experience the traditional art of weaving in our Introduction to Weaving Class. This two hour course will cover all the basics of weaving. You’ll learn how to plan a project, and create a one of a kind place setting.

All participants will make their own penny rug, hot pad, or place setting to take home. No prior skills required.

Instructor: Grace Tartaglia
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Age: 16 and up
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Fee: $45/Member $22.50

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Folk School: Archaeology Dig
Jul
14
10:30 AM10:30

Folk School: Archaeology Dig

Discover the rich history of Furnace Town on a public archaeology dig. We have several sites that still provide clues to what life was like at Furnace Town over 170 years ago. Pottery, pieces of glass bottles, nails, charcoal, slag, and more are waiting to be found!

We can accommodate up to eight people ages 8 and above. Give us a call (410) 632-2032 to sign up or click the REGISTER button below.

Instructor: TBD

Materials: Included
Cost: $15/pp

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Storytelling in the Schoolhouse
Jul
14
10:30 AM10:30

Storytelling in the Schoolhouse

Bring the family to Furnace Town and take a seat in the Mt. Zion one-room schoolhouse for children’s storytelling time. We’ll tell a children’s story, share the history of Furnace Town and talk about what life was like for children in the nineteenth century.

10:30am – Noon
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School: Broom Making Class
Jul
14
10:30 AM10:30

Folk School: Broom Making Class

Discover the art and beauty of handmade brooms!

Furnace Town residents made different small hand brooms for different purposes. Using one of the oldest broom making methods, you'll learn to make a variety of small hand brooms. Participants will take home 3 small hand brooms. You’ll learn the interesting history of Furnace Town’s broom house and its collection of nineteenth-century broom making equipment.

Instructor: Ann Smith

Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Age: 10 and up
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided
Fee: $45/Member $22.50

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Guided Tour
Jul
14
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Furnace Town and step back in time. We’ll share the history of the village and tour our unique collection of nineteenth century buildings. You’ll meet our artisans, and learn the story of the people that lived and worked at Furnace Town - and hear a ghost story or two.

10:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Meet at the Visitor Center
Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School Heritage Days
Jul
14
to Jul 15

Folk School Heritage Days

Step back in time at Folk School Heritage Days. Explore and discover our rich cultural heritage where there it’s fun for the whole family!

Sign up for one of our Folk School classes, join in a hands-on-history workshop, or watch one of our demonstrations.

Visit one of our artisans: blacksmith, broom maker, gardener, quilter, spinner, weaver, or woodworker.

Demonstrations
Bees & Butterflies Gardening
Quilting
Traditional Great Wheel Spinning
Legends of the Furnace

Cost: Regular Admission

Hands-on-History
Dances of the 1800's
19th Century Cooking
1800's Children's Games
Storytelling in the Schoolhouse

Cost: Regular Admission

 

Folk School Classes - $
Broom Making - Beginner
Weaving Class - Beginner
Cost: $45/$25 Member

Archaeology Dig - 8 and up
Cost: $15/pp

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Night Hike
Jul
13
9:00 PM21:00

Night Hike

Looking for an adventure the entire family can enjoy?
Come on down to Furnace Town for this family friendly Night Hike.

A love of the outdoors doesn’t have to end after the sun goes down. Explore the nightlife of the Pocomoke Forest on this one hour trail, and then enjoy a bonfire with s’mores with your family as we tell local stories and sing camp fire songs.

Be ready to play some night time trail games and discover the animals that come out to play under the starry sky! We may also get a chance to view the Milky Way!

Please bring your own bug spray and dress appropriately.

Spots are limited!

Adults: $10.00
Children: $5.00
Military/Senior/AAA: $8.00
Members: $5.00

Hike Leader: Sarah Campbell

Meet at The Furnace Town Visitor Center

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Paranormal Investigation
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Paranormal Investigation

Join Chesapeake Ghost Tours for a 1.5 hour paranormal investigation at Furnace Town in Snow Hill. 

You’ll tour our restored historic buildings all of which have had paranormal activity around them for years. Group will be able to enter the old Church – home of the “Heavy Bible” and also investigate around the old iron furnace, but the highlight will be walking into the secluded (and haunted) Pocomoke Forest.

Sightings of Sampson Harmon, a free Black man who worked at the iron furnace and lived in the forest with his cats until he was 104 years old have been known to occur. Some people catch a glimpse of his cat. Harmon is one of over a dozen legendary spirits said to haunt the Pocomoke Forest. 

This forest has a 200 year legacy of of being haunted, and it is by far, the most haunted forest in Maryland.

Adults: $25
Child: $15 (8-12)

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Charcoal Making Demonstration
Jul
11
to Jul 14

Charcoal Making Demonstration

Watch as we make charcoal using the same techniques they used at Furnace Town.

We'll fell several hardwood trees, and cut them into billets and lapwood. Then we will build a "pit" and begin the slow process of making charcoal. This is a four day process with most of the hard work done the first day.

Charcoal was the only fuel that could be used successfully in a blast furnace. The site for the Nassawango Iron Furnace was carefully selected because the location provided the necessary natural resources. Abundant bog ore and hardwood forest provided the iron and fuel.

Cost: Regular Admission

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Camp Nassawango
Jul
9
to Jul 13

Camp Nassawango

This summer Furnace Town will be hosting Camp Nassawango - a 5-day camp where children learn and explore the history and natural wonders of Delmarva. 

Let them take a step back in time as they learn 19th-century trades and culture.

Campers will learn how children of the past learned, worked and played in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Not only will campers get hands on experience with history, but they will also learn about the wonders of nature around Nassawango Creek.

Some of the fun activities we have planned are:

  • Learn fun games that children played in the 19th-century
  • Discover the science of the furnace with hands on tools
  • Sing and dance to songs of the 1800’s
  • Learn Furnace Town crafts of felting, weaving, printing, & more
  • Discover animal sounds and tracks of Delmarva
  • Archaeology Digs
  • & Much, Much More!

Camp Nassawango Dates:
June 25-29
July 9-13
July 23-27
August 6-10

Camp Nassawango is appropriate for ages 8-12. The cost is $20/day and each day the camp starts at 8:00am and ends at 5:30pm. Lunch is not included.

We're flexible - let us know if you would prefer a shorter week, or only a couple of days of the camp. Just give us a call. 

Please contact Sarah Campbell for more information or if you have any questions at scampbell@furnacetown.org.

Our goal is to have our younger generation excited and talking about history, cultural heritage, and science - and to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Additional funding provided by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

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Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ: No Spare Time
Jul
7
4:00 PM16:00

Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ: No Spare Time

We’re very excited for the return of No Spare Time - Gary Bates, Daniel Caton, Wes Parks, Larry Lynch, Gary Weber, and Mickey Justice.

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No Spare Time is a bluegrass band featuring some of the best musicians from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. They are a contemporary bluegrass band with a hunger for the original, a reverence for our craft and a drive like none other.

Enjoy cold crisp local craft beer from Evolution Craft Brewing Company and Tall Tales Brewing Co. and hot delicious BBQ from Backyard Louie’s BBQ available for purchase while you watch the show.

Come early and bring your banjo, mandolin, guitar, or voice and join a masterclass workshop from 1pm-2pm. Sit down with a professional musician or two and learn how to play bluegrass music.

Adult: $12
Member or Child (under 16): $6
*Beer, BBQ and other vendor items available for purchase

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Guided Tour
Jul
7
10:30 AM10:30

Guided Tour

Take a guided tour of Furnace Town and step back in time. We’ll share the history of the village and tour our unique collection of nineteenth century buildings. You’ll meet our artisans, and learn the story of the people that lived and worked at Furnace Town - and hear a ghost story or two.

10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Regular Admission

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Camp Nassawango
Jun
25
to Jun 29

Camp Nassawango

This summer Furnace Town will be hosting Camp Nassawango - a 5-day camp where children learn and explore the history and natural wonders of Delmarva. 

Let them take a step back in time as they learn 19th-century trades and culture.

Campers will learn how children of the past learned, worked and played in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Not only will campers get hands on experience with history, but they will also learn about the wonders of nature around Nassawango Creek.

Some of the fun activities we have planned are:

  • Learn fun games that children played in the 19th-century
  • Discover the science of the furnace with hands on tools
  • Sing and dance to songs of the 1800’s
  • Learn Furnace Town crafts of felting, weaving, printing, & more
  • Discover animal sounds and tracks of Delmarva
  • Archaeology Digs
  • & Much, Much More!

Camp Nassawango Dates:
June 25-29
July 9-13
July 23-27
August 6-10

Camp Nassawango is appropriate for ages 8-12. The cost is $20/day and each day the camp starts at 8:00am and ends at 5:30pm. Lunch is not included.

We're flexible - let us know if you would prefer a shorter week, or only a couple of days of the camp. Just give us a call. 

Please contact Sarah Campbell for more information or if you have any questions at scampbell@furnacetown.org.

Our goal is to have our younger generation excited and talking about history, cultural heritage, and science - and to provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Additional funding provided by the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council and Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

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Playtime at Furnace Town
Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

Playtime at Furnace Town

Enjoy this fun-filled program that lets children discover how children of the past played. Discover creative games that ignite imagination, problem solving and coordination in this 40 minute program. 

Children will play games such as Graces, Quoits, Thaumatropes, Cats Cradle, Buzz Saw, and more!

Instructor: Sarah Campbell
Time: 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Age:  4 - 12
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Cost: Regular Admission

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Hymns of the 19th Century
Jun
17
2:00 PM14:00

Hymns of the 19th Century

Enjoy this inspiring, peaceful, and fun program that takes you back in time to the 19th century. Listen and sing to the hymns of the early 1800's and the time of Furnace Town. Discover how church life shaped the communities and brought people together. 

Be prepared to sing!

Location: Old Nazareth Church
Instructor: Sarah Campbell
Time: 2:00PM - 2:45PM
Age: 10 and up
Class Size: 25
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Cost: Regular Admission

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The Story of the Furnace
Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

The Story of the Furnace

This presentation looks at the social and economic activities and impacts of the furnace operation on both the workers and the surrounding communities. We will explore the technology, trades, and tools that made the operation successful.

Length: 45 minutes
Location: Museum & Furnace
Times: 12:00PM, 3:00PM

Cost: Regular Admission

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Squaring Timber
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Squaring Timber

Join our blacksmith as he transforms a tree trunk into timber for framing a home. He'll use nineteenth century techniques and tools including a broad ax, ax, adze, and draw knife. 

10:00AM - Demonstration begins
2:00PM - Break with discussion

Cost: Regular Admission

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Folk School: Weaving Class
Jun
16
1:00 PM13:00

Folk School: Weaving Class

Experience the traditional art of weaving in our Introduction to Weaving Class. This two hour course will cover all the basics of weaving. You’ll learn how to plan a project, and create a one of a kind place setting.

All participants will make their own place setting to take home. No prior skills required.

Instructor: Grace Tartaglia
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Age: 16 and up
Class Size: 6
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Fee: $45/Member $22.50

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Music Connects Us
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Music Connects Us

The people of the past aren't so different from the people of the present. The music that they shared can give us a better connection with them. Sing, learn, and discover the music of the early 1800's in this thirty minute program. We will be discussing a variety of early 1800's pieces including working, environmental, love, and party songs. 

No music experience or talent necessary.

Meet at The Old Nazareth Church!

Instructor: Sarah Campbell
Time: 12:00pm -12:30pm
Age: 10 and up
Class Size: 25
Difficulty: Beginner
Materials: Provided

Cost: Regular Admission

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The Story of the Furnace
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

The Story of the Furnace

This presentation looks at the social and economic activities and impacts of the furnace operation on both the workers and the surrounding communities. We will explore the technology, trades, and tools that made the operation successful.

Length: 45 minutes
Location: Museum & Furnace
Times: 11:00AM, 3:00PM

Cost: Regular Admission

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