Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland, is located about an hour northwest of Washington, DC and an hour west of Baltimore. It is an historic city with a variety of attractions, Civil War sites, museums, parks, recreational facilities, wineries, antique shops, and more. For many years, this part of Maryland was a rural community and small town. As real estate prices have climbed in recent years, Frederick has become more suburban, drawing families to move here to find more affordable housing and less congestion. These photos of Frederick, Maryland will give you a glimpse of the historic town and surrounding region.
Photo Above: Baker Park in Frederick, Maryland provides a great vantage point to enjoy the clustered spires, a phrase first used in the Ballad of Barbara Fritchie, by poet, John Greenleaf Whittier.
The 44 acre park is located in Downtown Frederick at Second St. & Carroll Pkwy. Amenities include a carillon, a lake, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic fields and several playgrounds. The park serves as a venue for summer concerts, a children’s theater and many other outdoor events.
The Monocacy Aqueduct is the largest aqueduct on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. It crosses the Monocacy River just before it empties into the Potomac River.
Cannon at Monocacy Battlefield
The Monocacy Battlefield offers an electric map orientation program, interpretive displays, and artifacts of the battle. The Visitor Center at Gambrill Mill is the starting point for a self-guided four-mile auto tour and 1/2-mile loop walking trail.
Monocacy National Battlefield
The Monocacy National Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Monocacy Junction in the American Civil War fought on July 9, 1864. The battle, labeled "The Battle That Saved Washington," was one of the last that the Confederates would carry out in Union territory. This is one of Frederick, Maryland's most notable historic sites.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
At the National Museum of Civil War Medicine visitors hear the dramatic stories of the War along with the developments that set medicine on a path toward the modern era.
Dairy farming is still the top industry industry in Frederick County. The countryside is beautiful with its rolling hills.
The first courthouse in Frederick was a Victorian style building that was built in 1862.
Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park, located in the Catoctin Mountains, is best known for its 78-foot cascading waterfall. The park is a popular recreation area with a lake, campgrounds, and hiking trails.
Cunningham Falls State Park - Lake Area
Cunningham Falls State Park is a popular recreation area with a sandy beach, campgrounds, hiking trails and a 78-foot cascading waterfall.
Downtown Frederick has a 50 block area of historic buildings such as this one.
Scenic Countryside of Big Hunting Creek
The scenic countryside of Big Hunting Creek has been a popular recreation site for angling Presidents, noted authors, and fly fishing enthusiasts.
Endless opportunities for outdoor recreation exist along the Monocacy Aqueduct on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking and bicycling along the beautiful Monocacy River.
Gathland State Park
The Gathland State Park is an historic site including the remains of the estate of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War correspondent.
Grotto of Lourdes
The Grotto of Lourdes, a national shrine in the Catoctin Mountains, is a peaceful place to relax and reflect.
Frederick County is home to three covered bridges that are part of a self-guided driving tour.
New Market, Maryland
New Market is a small town with quaint restaurants and over 25 antique and specialty shops.
Living historians interact at the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum during the Frederick Oktoberfest.
Middletown Heritage Days Festival
The Middletown Heritage Days Festival features 18th Century encampments, games, crafts, and live music.
Rose Hill Manor Park
The Childrens Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park is a historic property that specializes in introducing children to the 18th century through hands-on activities.
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
The Schifferstadt Architectural Museum is an 18th century museum and gardens in Frederick, Maryland.
Everedy Square & Shab Row
Everedy Square & Shab Row is a unique shopping destination in beautifully renovated 19th century buildings in Frederick, Maryland.
Catoctin Iron Furnace
Catoctin Iron Furnace is an historic site in Frederick, Maryland that features a furnace stack, an iron master's manor house ruins, and a self-guided trail.