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Frederick, Maryland: Bridging Past and Present

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A travel journal to Frederick by Idler

Trompe loeil painting on a building towntown Photo, Frederick, Maryland More Photos
Quote: Quiet, self-assured Frederick sits at a crossroads of history, witness to many pivotal events. Overshadowed by nearby Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Maryland’s second-largest city is a cultural and architectural gem often overlooked by visitors to this region. Savvy travelers will appreciate Frederick’s combination of small-town charm and urban savoir-vivre.

Frederick, Maryland: Bridging Past and Present

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Overview

Trompe l'oeil painting on a building towntown Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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Up from the meadows rich with corn, Clear in the cool September morn, The clustered spires of Frederick stand Green-walled by the hills of Maryland… The description of Frederick in Whittier’s famous poem about Barbara Fritchie ("Shoot if you must , this old gray head…"), is as true today as it was during the Civil War. Surrounded by rolling hills and patterned fields of wheat and corn, Frederick sits at the center of early transportation routes. Each period of history left its mark in a unique way, making the city’s chief attraction its past. Walk the cobbled streets downtown to see the "clustered spires" of the historic churches, as well as th...Read More

Brewer's Alley

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Restaurant

Brewer's Alley Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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Brew pub fans should make an effort to visit Brewer's Alley in downtown Frederick. The pub is housed in an stately 120-year-old brick building that was once City Hall, right in the center of things on Market Street. There are several seating areas, including an bar with the copper brewing equipment in view, a peaceful front dining room, and a back room with spacious wooden booths and stained glass windows. But our favorite area is outside, in a lively street-side area that is usually crowded with other people watchers. Wait for a table there (provided the weather is nice). It's worth it. Brewer's Alley has garnered a loyal and enthu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Brewer's Alley
124 N. Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 631-0089

Rose Hill Manor Park

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Attraction | "Rose Hill Manor"

Rose Hill Manor Park Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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One of the underappreciated benefits of parenthood is the chance to go to child-oriented places as an adult. One such place is Rose Hill Manor, which I first visited with my son's second-grade class some five years ago. Some enlightened soul had the idea of turning this late 18th century structure built by Maryland's first governor into a children's museum. Young visitors can get a taste of colonial life as docents lead them on a tour of the mansion's rooms, including the kitchen, two large parlors, and the upstairs bedrooms. Children get the opportunity to card wool, help make a quilt, pop popcorn, play with period toys, and dress in colonial garb. The buildings outside the mansion house a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Rose Hill Manor Park
1611 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 694-1648

Frederick Keys Baseball

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Attraction | "The Frederick Keys"

Frederick Keys Baseball Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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Are the endless strikes, scandals, and antics of major league baseball wearing you down, oh long-suffering baseball fan? Take heart. Baseball is alive and well in the minor leagues. Case in point: the Frederick Keys (named after the town''s most famous native son, Francis Scott Key), the sole "A" minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. No offense to you Orioles fans out there, but I head to Frederick rather than Baltimore for baseball. Here’s why. First and foremost, it’s the park. Harry Grove Stadium has all the charm and friendliness that you could ask for in a ballpark. It’s affordable, unpretentious, clean, and easy to get to. No problems parking here, though you m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Frederick Keys Baseball
Harry Grove Stadium
Frederick, Maryland
1-(877) 8-GO-KEYS

The Great Frederick Historic Treasure Hunt

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Attraction | "A walking tour of historic Frederick"

The Great Frederick Historic Treasure Hunt Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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Quick - name the first organized resistance to British rule in Colonial America. The Boston Tea Party, you say? Wrong! The first spark of what became a full-blown revolution took place eight years earlier in the courtyard square of City Hall in Frederick, Maryland, when twelve local judges, who came to be known as the "Twelve Immortals," assembled to repudiate the Stamp Act by burning effigies of government officials. One of the participants, John Hanson, later served as the first President of the Continental Congress, while another, Thomas Johnson, nominated his good friend George Washington to be commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Surprised by this? Well then, you should get...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

The Great Frederick Historic Treasure Hunt
19 E. Church St.
Frederick, Maryland 21703
301/228-2888

National Park Service: Monocacy National Battlefield

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Attraction | "Monocacy National Battlefield"

National Park Service: Monocacy National Battlefield Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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"Every missile known to warfare seemed to be coming down that hard, dusty road... No one could command calmness enough to considerately behold the scene, yet this had to be done… the General had ordered it." - Union soldier at Monocacy, writing of the Confederate march southwards from Frederick toward Washington. On a hot July day in 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early put a bold plan into play: to march southwards from Frederick and seize Washington while Union forces were otherwise engaged fighting Lee’s army at Petersburg. His tactic nearly worked – and would have but for the Battle of Monocacy. Union forces under G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

National Park Service: Monocacy National Battlefield
Battlefield
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 662-3515

Community Bridge

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Attraction

Community Bridge Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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Rounding the corner in downtown Frederick one day, I came face to face with an old man gazing out a window. No, wait - not an old man – an ultra-realistic mural. A few blocks later, I spotted a lithe dancer posed before a brick wall. Got me again – another mural! Intrigued, I roamed Frederick’s historic district and found several more painted surprises, each with a certain dreamy gravitas, and all obviously done by the same artist. What I had stumbled upon, in fact, was one of Frederick’s signature features – the trompe l’oeil ("deceive the eye") paintings of artist William Cochran. However, it wasn’t until later that I discovered Cochran’s masterpiece, the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Community Bridge
Carroll Creek Park
Frederick, Maryland

Shopping in Frederick: Antiques, boutiques & more

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Attraction | "Shopping in Frederick: Antiques, boutiques & more"

Shopping in Frederick:  Antiques, boutiques & more Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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Want a tribal mask from the Ivory Coast? No? How about a kilim from Turkey? Or some nice Irish woolens? Still no? Boy, you’re hard to please. How about an abalone-inlaid cabinet from China? A crackle-glaze French provincial wardrobe? C’mon, shed those Spartan impulses. You can never have too much stuff! Whatever you’re looking for, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if you found it in Frederick, one of the most interesting places I’ve been to shop, gawk, or simply be struck dumb by the sheer diversity of things that people buy and collect. Now, I should probably warn you: this place is addictive. Every time we go there – and we go there a lot, we seem to find som...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Shopping in Frederick: Antiques, boutiques & more
Central downtown area
Frederick, Maryland

Mount Olivet Cemetery

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Attraction | "Green lawns and cold marble: Olivet Cemetery"

Mount Olivet Cemetery Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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The way I drive into Frederick, from the south on Market Street, takes me right by Olivet Cemetery. I’d always meant to visit the cemetery, with its impressive collection of funerary monuments, but it took me more than a decade to do so. I should perhaps explain that while I’ve no belief in an afterlife, others’ beliefs and interpretations of it fascinate me. I’ve wandered through cemeteries in Russia, Italy, France, England, Turkey, and other far-flung places, not to mention a number of them here in the U.S. I guess I’m something of a graveyard connoisseur, macabre though that might sound. In fact, it’s rare that I don’t learn something interesting about a place when I visit its graveyards....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 9, 2002

Mount Olivet Cemetery
515 South Market Street
Frederick, Maryland

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

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Attraction | "The National Museum of Civil War Medicine"

National Museum of Civil War Medicine Photo, Frederick, Maryland
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"The real war will never get in the books . . . the hospital part."Walt Whitman, speaking of his experiences as a volunteer Civil War nurse A small-waisted, demure-looking dress is on display at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. I can imagine the woman who wore it. Her movements were quick and light, her voice soothing, her hair neatly gathered in a bun. But she was overwhelmed by circumstance, this woman. Her dress is spattered with blood. She was a Civil War nurse working in Frederick, Maryland, a city also overwhelmed as successsive waves of casualties poured in from nearby battles. This poignant artifact is one of over 3,000 objects in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2002

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
48 E. Patrick Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 695-1864

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