Catoctin Furnace / Johnson Brothers

Catoctin Furnace / Johnson Brothers

Posted on November 18, 2021

While the first homesteads that would become Mechanicstown were coming together in the 1740s and 1750s, a couple miles south – at roughly the same time – a group of brothers collaborated to create the Catoctin Furnace. The most well-known of the Johnson brothers from Maryland is Thomas, who was a celebrated figure in Colonial [...]

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Cozy

Posted on November 18, 2021

Thurmont lifers don’t need an introduction to the Cozy, but for the young among us and newcomers to the community it’s hard to overstate the influence and attraction that was the Cozy. Initially, it was a gas station with three small cabins and a few tents established in 1929 by Wilbur Freeze. Eventually the restaurant [...]

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Amos Lucas

Posted on October 29, 2021

Have you heard of Amos Lucas? Mr. Lucas was born a slave in Virginia and is thought to be linked to a plantation owned by Edward Hamilton in Loudoun County. As a young man, Lucas became a clerk or assistant to Dr. John J Henshaw, who was a physician in the area and served the [...]

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