Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s lecture series:

“Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History of Frederick & Loudoun Counties”

Presented by author Jim Rada

Sunday, August 21, at 2:00 p.m.

In-person at Lovettsville Town Council Chamber (behind the Museum)

and online via Zoom

On Sunday, August 21, the Lovettsville Historical Society will host author Jim Rada, speaking on his book “Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History of Frederick & Loudoun Counties.”

Catoctin Mountain runs from northern Frederick County, Maryland, to northern Loudoun County, Virginia, crossing the Potomac River as it does. Its natural history dates back to prehistoric times. Its history during the era of man is more recent and more fascinating filled with crimes, secrets, monsters, and drama.

In Jim Rada’s stories of Catoctin Mountain, you can:

* Hunt the snallygaster and dwayyo, legendary monsters that roam the mountain ridges.
* Train to be a WWII spy in the secret OSS camp on Catoctin Mountain.
* Search for the forgotten gold mine near Catoctin Mountain.
* Discover the hidden presidential getaway tucked above Thurmont, Md.
* Watch the early flying machines of a family of Braddock Heights, Md., inventors.

Jim Rada’s Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History in Frederick & Loudoun Counties tells stories of railroads, canals, war, saints, and sinners. These are the stories that history textbooks won’t tell you, but they give Catoctin Mountain its character.

James Rada, Jr. writes non-fiction history and historical fiction. His books include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River, and The Rain Man. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland. Many of his books have been bestsellers in their categories on Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.

This event will be held in-person at the Lovettsville Town Council Chambers and also be streamed online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent out a few days before the lecture. To request the Zoom link, please RSVP to

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