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Folk School Opens at Furnace Town

Aug 17, 2017

Furnace Town Launches Folk School

Snow Hill, Maryland – Furnace Town Living Heritage Village announces the launch of the Furnace Town Folk School with $4,750 in grant support from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Worcester County Arts Council. The Folk School offers classes in broom making, weaving, and printing with plans to expand the program in 2018 to include blacksmithing, fiber arts, music, storytelling, and more. Each four hour class is appropriate for ages 8 and up and cost $35 per person, or $25 for members of Furnace Town.

The Furnace Town Folk School is an idea brought to life through the passionate contributions from our community and board of directors. The Folk School promotes and preserves the stories, skills and knowledge of life in the nineteenth-century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

“The overall goal of the Furnace Town Folk School is to promote and preserve the knowledge, skills and stories of the past and present. We’ve been talking about launching the new program for a few years because it’s a natural extension of our interpretive program”, says Doug Glascox, Furnace Town board president. “Our artisans work throughout the season demonstrating their crafts and trades, and the Folk School offers us a way to strengthen the program. The support from local artisans has been fantastic.”

Hands-on classes and workshops are the foundation of the new program and are taught by artisans from Furnace Town as well as regional artisans. The Folk School provides creative and meaningful opportunities to explore and examine life from a time gone by.

Workshops and programs enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional nineteenth-century trades in a student centered learning environment, where current and future generations will continue this rich cultural legacy.

“Visitors at Furnace Town can now explore at a deeper level the daily lives of those that lived at Furnace Town and on the Eastern Shore in the nineteenth century”, adds Patrick Rofe, executive director.  “The hands-on workshops are designed to help students understand the culture and daily routines of life in Furnace Town and a nineteenth-century village.”

“The Folk School has been embraced by business and community leaders who understand the need to promote tourism on the Lower Eastern Shore. It lets us to give back to our community. Furnace Town receives generous support from our community and as the school grows, we’ll draw visitors from the region and beyond and they will all need a place to stay, eat, and shop. The Folk School will promote tourism to the region and strengthen our community both economically and culturally.”

Set in the Pocomoke Forest and among our unique collection of historic nineteenth-century buildings and Nassawango Iron Furnace, the Folk School is an immersive learning center for the study of our history and provides a concrete basis for ideas and traditions that help inform who we are and where we came from.

The artisans preserve our history and culture in a way that draws people in and gives them a literal way of touching the past. It gives visitors a direct connection to social values and customs of our ancestors. This unique presentation of our cultural heritage helps us better understand previous generations and ensures ongoing public access and interaction.

More information is available on Furnace Town’s website and Facebook page. To sign up for a class contact Furnace Town at info@furnacetown.org or (410) 632-2032, or visit Furnace Town at  Eventbrite. Classes are four hours long and cost $35 per student or $25 if you’re a member of Furnace Town. All classes are at Furnace Town at 3816 Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill 21863.

Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, organizations dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.