Lesson Plans & Teacher Guides
The Blacksmith Shop
The glow from the blacksmith's forge led civilization from the dark ages and brought humankind to the standard of living enjoyed today. The blacksmith was the only craftsman to work with the four elemental substances of fire, earth, air and water, which according to the ancients, were combined to create our world. The raw material, iron, came from the earth, the forge held fire, the bellows controlled air and water was essential to cool heated iron and to temper steel. Carpenters, leather workers, farmers, stone masons and every family depended on the blacksmith to craft, repair and maintain metal tools and objects. The skills of the blacksmith made possible the Industrial Revolution that drove him into obscurity.
Five lesson plans are available for the Blacksmith in Society:
Teaching With Historic Places
The "Teaching with Historic Places" program offers a series of short, easy to follow lesson plans based on places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Camp Misty Mount: A Place for Regrowth:
Camp Misty Mount: A Place for Regrowth program inspects a recreational demonstration area (RDA) in western Maryland, created as part of a Great Depression government relief program.
Did You Know?
Visitors in Catoctin Mountain Park may gather morel mushrooms for personal consumption. Morels are found in a variety of habitats but generally they seem to be found in wet soil that is high in organic matter and shaded by trees, especially hardwoods. Favorite locations are closely guarded secrets!