Earlier this month, Preservation Maryland hosted over 200 revelers to our annual Best of Maryland Awards celebration held on the grounds of the vintage Glen Echo Amusement Park. Preservation Maryland and Smart Growth Maryland would like to congratulate all of the deserving awardees and thank everyone who helped make the evening a true celebration of preservation in Maryland.
The Catoctin Furnace Historic Building Trades Program in Western Maryland embodies the mythology of the phoenix as the symbol of rebirth and new life for both the historic buildings and the young people who take part in their preservation. Preservation Maryland is pleased to recognize the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society and Silver Oak Academy with The Phoenix Award at our annual Best of Maryland Awards this May.
Scout Troop 270 at the Cozy Cabin, 2017.
Best of Maryland: Scouts put Cozy Cabin on New Foundation
10/18/2017 By Meagan Baco
The Thurmont-based Boy Scout Troop #270 recently donated their time, materials, and energy to providing a new foundation a ca. 1930 roadside tourist cabin. The Cabin was saved and moved to the property of the Thurmont Historical Society when the Cozy Inn was demolished.
Cody Miller of the Troop took the lead as his Eagle Scout project and raised more than $800 for supplies and gathered more than 40 volunteers who donated over 632 hours to help complete the project!
Cody Miller at the Cozy Cabin, 2017.
Scouts and volunteers at the Cozy Cabin, 2017.
Due to the threat of demolition, the Cabin was first put on a temporary siting. One of the major tenants of the Scout project was to construct a new foundation. The volunteers also built a fence around the site using reclaimed wood.
During the project, Scouts uncovered historic graffiti in the original foundation cement! Those artifacts were removed and will be part of a future Cozy Inn exhibit hosted by the Thurmont Historical Society.
Graffiti in the original Cozy Cabin foundation by Edwin Creeger, Jr, 1938.