Downtown Frederick

Nov 1, 2019

A couple weeks ago, when my son and I went to the library, we parked at the top of the parking deck so I could get some photos. It was a cool and windy day, so I wasn’t able to get very many.

Hope you enjoy!

looking towards Market Street, the main shopping district in downtown Frederick
Carroll Creek is to the left, library behind us

“Known as the gateway to western Maryland with its mountainous views and “clustered spires” skyline, Frederick is best known for its civil war history and its 40-block historic district. Located within an hour drive of Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the historic town is an easy and fun place to explore.” (most if not all of the info in this post comes from the website I just mentioned.)

  • Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland
  • The first courthouse in Frederick was a Victorian style building that was built in 1862.
  • Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star – Spangled Banner” was born nearby and was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Key’s brother-in-law, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, who delivered the Dred Scott decision (1857) that made slavery legal in U.S. territories, lived in Frederick in the early 19th century; he owned (but never inhabited) a house there that is now restored. He was buried in Frederick’s St. John’s Cemetery.

Things to do in Frederick:

  • Tour Monacacy National Battlefield: The Civil war Site is one of Frederick, Maryland’s most notable historic attractions where the Battle of Monocacy Junction was fought on July 9, 1864. The battle was one of the last that the Confederates carried out in Union territory and saved Washington, D.C., from being attacked. Take a walking tour and stop by the Visitor Center to see electronic maps, historical artifacts, and interpretive displays. Participate in a ranger-guided program or attend a special event (they often have open houses and other programs).
  • Visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine: Located in downtown Frederick, the museum contains five galleries and more than 1,200 artifacts that illustrate the medical story of the American Civil War. Visitors will learn about the history of medical care and the technology as it relates to the military and the wounded. There is also a gift shop and research facility. It’s also supposedly haunted.
  • Attend a Performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts: The 1926 restored movie palace, located in downtown Frederick, is a thriving state-of-the-art theater that features a variety of concert and theatrical performances. The facility seats 1,500 and is also available to rent for film festivals, studio screenings, conventions, weddings, and business meetings.
  • Shop for Antiques Downtown: Downtown Frederick has more than 200 antique shops, many within an easy walking distance of each other. The historic area includes retail shops specializing in home furnishings, fashion, outdoor gear, toys, specialty foods, books, art, and more.
only three of the five spires are missing in this photo
(there should be 5-8, depending on who you ask)
  • Take the Kids to Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum: Rose Hill Manor provides visitors with a look at early American life, transportation history and the agricultural history of Frederick County. The property features a manor house, ice house, log cabin, blacksmith shop, carriage collection, and two barns. Guided tours are offered daily. Special programs are available for children and groups.
  • Visit Schifferstadt Architectural Museum: The Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is an 18th-century museum and gardens in Frederick, Maryland. It is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the City of Frederick and among the best examples of early Colonial German Architecture in the country. Special events are held onsite throughout the year. (I will be doing a post about this museum sometime, we have been a few times!)
  • Frederick County, Maryland, is well known for its diverse architecture and rich history. Railroads played an important part in the county’s past. This bustling agricultural community had many mills and factories in the area that needed to deliver goods like flour, milk, bricks and limestone to the busy, nearby city of Baltimore. Frederick County’s railroads were built in the 1830s and some are still in use today. (
  • The city of Frederick has a population of around 65,000, while Frederick County’s population hovers around 250,000.
  • Frederick is close to 3 International Airports, Reagan National, Dulles, and BWI.
stop taking pictures already!

My son was goofing off while I was trying to get photos, so I decided to include them. It’s not that big a deal, as I was able to get the photos I wanted. In the photo above, I was (trying) to get some photos of Market Street. Instead, I got his hand!

Yup, that’s the son of a leprechaun
  • The lowest point in Maryland is a depression often referred to as Bloody Point Hole which sits 174 feet below sea level.

That’s about all I have for today!

Hope you have a great day

where ever you may be!

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