The Lohr building

In 1871, John Lohr commissioned a three-story, brick building on a lot along North Church Street just outside of Mechanicstown (now Thurmont) and opposite the road to Emmitsburg. It isn’t clear what motivated Lohr, because apparently he had no plans to occupy the building himself and wasn’t a merchant, but it probably was an investment […]

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Hannah Hammond

Hannah Hammond called Thurmont home for more than 65 of her approximately 95 years. Census records fluctuate regarding her year of birth, but the range falls between 1879 and 1885. The only story of her upbringing we’ve seen is that her parents died when she was four years old. Hannah appears on the 1910 Census […]

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The original name of Thurmont – Mechanicstown – is believed to derive from the collection of artisans who populated the area as it evolved into an organized community. We know there were blacksmiths, tool makers, tanners, and saddlers, for example. Another “industry” that flourished was pottery-making; every house needed crocks, bowls, jugs, and plates. The […]

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Catoctin Clarion

In an previous post, we talked about the railroad coming to Mechanicstown (now Thurmont) in January 1871 and transforming the town. A second transformative event occurred just two months later: the Catoctin Clarion issued its first edition on March 4th of that year. It may be hard to imagine a community with no news given […]

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Rouzer Tanneries

Creating leather clothes, shoes, bags, and pouches from animal skins has been in practice for thousands of years. Ancient civilizations used leather for harnesses, shoes, bags, and armor, and we know Native American Indians were making leather goods when Europeans arrived on the continent. The name for the process – tanning – is derived from […]

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Keep Thurmont History Alive!

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