DescriptionLegend maintains that Jacob Weller and his family, traveling west with a wagon train, stopped at what is now Thurmont in 1751 to nurse a sick child and remained. As a result of the industries introduced by generations of Wellers, the site became a town in which most residents worked as mechanics. By 1811 the hamlet was known as Mechanicstown.
After the railroad made the area readily accessible, the town became a popular resort noted for its mountain scenery. It was renamed Thurmont, “gateway to the mountains.”
Catoctin Furnace, 4 miles south via US 15, is a partially restored iron furnace that operated 1776-1903. Visitors may explore the site.
Things to SeeCatoctin Mountain Park