2nd annual Renaissance Faire makes festive return on Furnace Town grounds, highlights history of Worcester County

SNOW HILL, Md.- Kings, queens, and knights in shining armor flocked to the 28 acres of land at the Furnace Town Historic Site for the 2nd annual Renaissance Faire.

The event included live music, games, and a array of local vendors. “It gives us an opportunity for people to come out and see us in a different light. It also gives local artists and other performers the opportunity to get exposure that they may or may not see,” Furnace Town Historic Site Executive Director Claudia Nagle said.

The eastern shore chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism were all dressed for the occasion, educating attendees on 19th century living.

The group provided live demonstrations of things like hand weaving, warriors in combat, and bread making. “Part of our mission is increasing the knowledge of history and there’s some aspects of history that nearly everybody can related to,” SCA’s Eleri Vwym said.

“Most people don’t realize that houses then didn’t have ovens, they had an open fireplace. So you bake your bread on the open fire or take it to your town baker.”

The site grounds are also full of tales of the past from a print shop to a Blacksmith shop, all surrounding the Nassawango Iron Furnace which is found on the National Register of Historic Places.

“There is naturally occurring iron ore in the bog behind us and they knew that. So they built this company town around it,” Nagle said.

“It was idle until the 1960s when they rediscovered it and brought the furnace back to the community.”

Executive Director Claudia Nagle tells 47ABC the outdoor museum is ran by a small yet mighty staff of five and events like the fair couldn’t be possible without their volunteers helping to keep history alive. “I feel like every time I’m here volunteering I learn something completely new about the site and the bogs here. It’s awesome,” Volunteer Sarah Fina said.

“So preserving these pieces is really significant for the youngsters or young people. Also, for all of us so we have a shared understanding of where we come from,” Nagle said.

Proceeds from the weekend will go to support future programming for the Furnace Town Foundation.

Organizers also tell us the event continues to grow, which is a good sign it will return next year.

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