Join National Park ranger, Bill Curtis, on a guided hike exploring the ruins of the Northampton Iron Furnace, the 10th iron furnace erected in Maryland. The furnace was built by the Ridgely family, owners of what is now Hampton National Historic Site. The furnace contributed to early America’s wealth, and provided weapons in two wars. Bill will talk about the history of the furnace and its workers, and a little about transportation history in Baltimore County.  He will also discuss the ways that Americans have exploited and changed our natural resources including stone, minerals, wood, and water.

You don’t want to miss this unique opportunity!

Difficulty: Moderate. We will walk about 2.5 miles. Some of the walking will be off trail, through grass. None of the trail is paved. There are no hills.

What to wear: PREPARE FOR THE COLD!!! Dress in warm layers with non-cotton articles of clothing, wear gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, etc. And don’t forget good walking shoes/boots.

What to bring: Water

Location: We will meet on the east side of Dulaney Valley Road, at its intersection with Chapelwood Lane. Street parking is available on Chapelwood Lane. Please be very careful in crossing Dulaney Valley Road.

Cost: NHSM Member Price: $10 per person / Non-Member Price: $15 per person

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Who’s Bill?

Bill Curtis is a National Park Ranger currently stationed at Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. While a history major at Gettysburg College, he began his career as a Licensed Battlefield Guide.  His NPS career has included full time duty as an interpreter, law enforcement officer, and he now works in the Resource Management Division, splitting his time between museum work and helping to care for the historic landscape. He is a Maryland Master Naturalist, and he is happily married and the proud father of two.


As always this time of year, snow is a possibility! Please check back on Meetup or our Facebook page in the case of cancellation or postponement if snow is a possibility. We will try to make the call the day before at the latest.


Note: The cover photo is of the Hampton National Historic Site



Bill, like most of the other people leading NHSM, is a volunteer, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Please consider donating or becoming a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland and visit for more information. Thank you for your support!