Dozens got a taste for Black History Month at the historic Maryland Catoctin Furnace in Thurmont Wednesday afternoon.

The pre-revolutionary industrial site hosted a public luncheon catered by students from the Silver Oak Academy.

Culinary students researched and prepared traditional recipes from the time period.

Students of the academy also performed skits portraying young servants and workers from actual events in the former village’s history.

“It’s traditional food. We have collard greens and ham hock, cornbread. The students actually made the apple butter using a village recipe. These are all traditional recipes based on oral histories done here in the village,” explained Catoctin Furnace secretary, Elizabeth Comer.  

Catoctin Furnace hosts a program where students from silver oak academy learn preservation skills and help renovate the historic village.