Traveling in Time: Connecting the public with local history through hospitality, heritage tourism in Catoctin Furnace
Author(s): Molly T. Greenhouse
Located in the picturesque foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, the village of Catoctin Furnace is a burgeoning heritage tourism destination. Recently, work began to renovate the Forgeman’s House, a stone "workers’ cabin" constructed ca. 1817. The primary goal of the project, sponsored by the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, is to restore the house to its original layout and appearance.
The cabin will serve as a short-term/vacation rental, available for visitors to reserve nightly. Establishing unique accommodations for visitors will enhance the attractiveness of Catoctin Furnace as a tourism destination, and the opportunity to stay in an authentic 19th century cabin enables the public to engage with history on a level far more intimate than traditional museum exhibits. This project serves as a case study for transforming historic structures into functional spaces, exploring the challenge of maintaining historic integrity of a site while meeting the needs of modern visitors.
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Traveling in Time: Connecting the public with local history through hospitality, heritage tourism in Catoctin Furnace. Molly T. Greenhouse. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434486)
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