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Frederick Local History

The proprietor of the Province of Maryland wanted to attract settlers to the Northern and the Western areas of his territory. In March 1732 he offered special land prices and taxes to new settlers. Most of the early land grants were given to English-speaking people from Maryland but a large part of the actual settlers of the land were Palatines from Germany.

Frederick was one of the first towns that settled in north-western Maryland in 1745. It was laid out by German farmers lured from Pennsylvania by the promise of cheap and fertile land. It is now a main stopover en route to the Ohio Valley. Most of the city,as it looked in the 1800s, has been preserved.

Frederick Attractions

Top Attractions

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum - 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick Tel (301) 663 3885. The Museum was built in 1756 and is the oldest building in the city of Frederick. It is among the best examples of early German-Colonial Architecture in the country. The large sandstone house was built on 303 acres of virgin timberland by Joseph Bruner, a German immigrant. He left his native village of Schifferstadt in 1729 in hopes of gaining independence and the right to own property and build a home in the "New Land." You can do a guided tour through this unique museum and the manor gardens from April to mid-December, Wednesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Call to make a booking.

Brunswick Railroad Museum - 40 West Potomac St, Brunswick Tel (301) 834 7100. This museum features 2000 square feet of interactive HO scale model railroad depicting B&O passenger line from Union Station, DC to Brunswick Freight Classification Yards. Here you will see exhibits of historic railroad equipment, historic photographs, Victorian costumes, furnishings, toys, baseball, and medical history. Open January to April, Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sun 1 pm to 4 pm; May to January, Thursday and Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.

Antietam National Battlefield - 5831 Dunker Church Rd. Sharpsburg Tel (301) 432 5124. This one of America's best preserved battlefields. It was the site of the bloodiest one-day battle in U.S. history which took place on September 17, 1862. More than 23,000 men on both sides were killed, or wounded on that historic day. Established by Act of Congress on August 30, 1890, this Civil War site marks the end of General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North in September 1862. The battle led to Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Driving tours available from 8.30 am to 5 pm daily.

Beef N Buns N Paradise Little Carry out located on E. Patrick St. Serves great burgers, jumbo wings and giant subs. Everything is home made and cooked to order. Don't forget the soft serve ice cream and old fashioned shakes. they boast over thirty flavors of shakes. Great food with a caribbean feel.
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Frederick Shopping

In almost every corner of Frederick, you will find shops and antique malls with collections originating from every corner of the globe. The malls and shopping districts offer everything from sophisticated mall settings to factory outlets and historic specialty shopping clusters. You will find designer brands or hand-crafted items here.

The national name stores are mostly located on the outskirts of town, while the creative start-ups are situated in downtown areas. Roadside and established grocers selling locally grown produce can be found throughout the county.

Frederick Activities

The Maze at Crumland Farms - 7612 Willow Rd. Tel (301) 845-8099. Crumland Farms were started in 1940 when John and Lib Crum bought a farm on Opossumtown Pike and started milking about a dozen cows by hand. The maze, situated on the farm, consists of 6 acres of twisty-turny fun in the middle of a real working cornfield. Join the kids and get lost in a fun-filled day. Open from 12 pm to dusk. Adults pay $8, children from 3 to 13 years of age pay $5 and children under 3 years of age go in for free.

Rose Hill Manor Park/The Children's & Farm Museum - 1611 North Market St, Frederick Tel (301) 694 1646. Tours and events at this living history museum is designed for children of all ages. They learn about early American life and the history of the area. The tour which incorporates the exhibits at Rose Hill Manor Park, is presented by trained Museum Interpreters. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. They operate from April to October, Monday to Saturday10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Frederick Parks & Gardens

Gambrill State Park - 8602 Gambrill Park Rd.Tel (301) 271 7574. Gambrill State Park comes alive in the spring, when the many trees and shrubs are in bloom. The blooming of the dogwood trees in late May and the abundance of the beautiful mountain laurel's large white flowers in early June creates a spectacular sight.

The two separate areas of Gambrill State Park provide recreational facilities and activities for visitors of all ages. The Rock Run area is located at the park entrance. The High Knob area is located at the top of Catoctin Mountain. Three native stone overlooks, strategically located on the 1600-foot summit of High Knob, offer beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Baker Park - 2nd Street & Carroll Parkway. Tel (301) 694 1646. Situated in downtown Frederick, this 44-acre park features a carillon, band shell, tennis courts, Culler Lake, a public swimming pool, and numerous playgrounds for children. During the summer months the park is the venue for concerts and numerous other outdoor events throughout the year.

Frederick Restaurants and Bars

Frederick Restaurants

Bentz Street Raw Bar - 6 South Bentz St, Frederick Tel (301) 694 9134. This eclectic restaurant serves fresh Maryland crabs and oysters, steak, ribs, homemade soups and barbecue The bar is frequented by both regionally and nationally renowned performers. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 2 am and , Sunday 12 pm to 2 am.

Hagan's Tavern - 5018 Old National Pike.Tel (301) 3719189. This tavern, built circa 1785, has been restored and operates as a fine dining restaurant, serving Mid-Atlantic regional cuisine. The entire staff is dressed in period attire to maintain the spirit and atmosphere. Their aim is to be known for not only having the finest Bill of Fare, but also to provide their guests with the best service on the Pike. Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday, 11.30 am to 3 pm dinner Tuesday to Thursday 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday to Saturday 4pm 10 pm and Sun 4 pm to 9 pm.

Pretzel & Pizza Creations - 210 North Market Street. Tel (301) 694 9299. This establishment serves gourmet pizzas and calzones, fresh made hand twisted Amish style soft pretzels and bagels, foccacia sandwiches, salads, "Hershey's" ice cream, sundaes, floats, banana splits, milkshakes, espresso, latte, cappuccino, flavoured coffees, homemade lemonade, sodas and power drinks. Enjoy all these fantastic treats in a cosy atmosphere from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm and Sundays and Holidays 10 am to 6 pm.

Frederick Bars & Clubs

Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery - 124 N. Market St.Tel (301) 631 0089. This beautiful 120-year-old building, situated in the heart of Historic Frederick, has become a favourite meeting place for local residents and worldwide travellers alike. It is Frederick County's original brewpub where contemporary American regional cuisine is served. The wood-fired pizza can be enjoyed by fresh beer brewed on premises. Other craft beers are also available. Open 7 days a week, Monday to Thursday 11.30 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11.30 am to 10.30 pm and Sun noon to 9 pm.

Frederick children's activities

The Maze at Crumland Farms - 7612 Willow Rd. Tel (301) 845-8099. Crumland Farms were started in 1940 when John and Lib Crum bought a farm on Opossumtown Pike and started milking about a dozen cows by hand. The maze, situated on the farm, consists of 6 acres of twisty-turny fun in the middle of a real working cornfield. Join the kids and get lost in a fun-filled day. Open from 12 pm to dusk. Adults pay $8, children from 3 to 13 years of age pay $5 and children under 3 years of age go in for free.

Rose Hill Manor Park/The Children's & Farm Museum - 1611 North Market St, Frederick Tel (301) 694 1646. Tours and events at this living history museum is designed for children of all ages. They learn about early American life and the history of the area. The tour which incorporates the exhibits at Rose Hill Manor Park, is presented by trained Museum Interpreters. Reservations are required for groups of ten or more. They operate from April to October, Monday to Saturday10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

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