Christmas in the Forest
Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Christmas in the Forest

Join in the festivities on Saturday, December 1 from 11:00am - 4:00pm at the Furnace Town Heritage Village Christmas in the Forest celebration.

Come enjoy a day of Family Fun with crafts, live music, wreath making, gifts, raffles and an old-fashioned Christmas Service.

Admission to the event is $5 for Adults with Children 16 and under free.

Call us at (410) 632-2032 for more information.

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Folk School: Beginner Blacksmith Class
Nov
17
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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Barn Dance
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Barn Dance

Put on your toe-tappin' shoes and join us for our Barn Dance.

We'll start the evening with a crash course on square dancing with caller Dennis O'neil and the Pine Steppers Square Dance Club demonstrating basic hoedown moves. Then the real party begins!

As the music plays and a caller calls out the moves, guests will experience a fun night of modern square dancing in a historical setting. 

Bring the whole family for a great night of down home wholesome fun.

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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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: 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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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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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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Nassawango Bluegrass Festival
Sep
7
to Sep 8

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 7-8,  2018. Enjoy live music, camping with friends, all day & all night jam sessions, delicious local craft beer, local artisans, and amazing BBQ! Overnight camping available Friday, September 7 or Saturday, September 8.

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.

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

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.

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

Two-Day Pass (includes Camping)

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

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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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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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Barn Dance
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Barn Dance

POSTPONED to SEPTEMBER 9th DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS

Put on your toe-tappin' shoes and join us for our Barn Dance.

We'll start the evening with a crash course on square dancing with caller Dennis O'neil and the Pine Steppers Square Dance Club demonstrating basic hoedown moves. Then the real party begins!

As the music plays and a caller calls out the moves, guests will experience a fun night of modern square dancing in a historical setting. 

Bring the whole family for a great night of down home wholesome fun.

Cost: Regular Admission

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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: 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: 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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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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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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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, or weaver.

Demonstrations - FREE
Blacksmithing Basics
19th-century schoolteacher
19th-century gardening techniques


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

Weaving Class - Advanced
Cost: $60/$30 Member

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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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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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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 and NoBBQ available for purchase while you watch the show.

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

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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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