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Fast Frederick Facts

Dr. John BaltzellDr. John Baltzell, the physician who built the house, which is the current home to the Historical Society of Frederick County, was the grandnephew of John Thomas and Margaret Schley, the first people to purchase a plot of land in the new city of Frederick Towne.

BRIEF HISTORY OF FREDERICK COUNTY

 

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

The Historical Society of Frederick County offers a number of opportunities to get out and discover the history of Frederick, Maryland!

Weekend Historic Walking Tours | Murder & Mayhem Tours | Student Walking Tours | Step-On Guide Service

Weekend Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Frederick
The past comes alive as you explore the history of downtown Frederick. During your 90 minute adventure you will discover interesting characters from the past, while enjoying the rich ambience and architecture of the beautiful Historic District.

The guided tours begin at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street in Frederick, on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and Sundays at 1:30 p.m., April through October. Tickets are $7-adults, $6-seniors, and $5-children 6-12 (children age 5 and under are free). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum of Frederick County History or online here. Each tour ticket includes a ticket to tour either the Roger Brooke Taney house or the Museum of Frederick County History.

Group walking tours of more than eight must be pre-arranged (discounts are available) at 301-663-1188 x105 or kmatlick@hsfcinfo.org.

Murder & Mayhem Walking Tours of Historic Frederick
Walking TourJoin us as we step through time to hear the “other side” of Frederick’s history, including some of the most scandalous, nefarious, and unbelievable moments in the city’s storied past. The guided tours begin on the steps of the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street in Frederick, and wend their way throughout the downtown historic district.

Tours are offered on select weekend evenings in the summer and fall. For a schedule of upcoming dates, check the Events Calendar here. Tickets are $7-adults, $6-seniors, and $5-children 6-12 (children age 5 and under are free). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Museum of Frederick County History or online here.

Group walking tours of more than eight must be pre-arranged (discounts are available) at 301-663-1188 x105 or kmatlick@hsfcinfo.org.

Student Walking Tours
Several engaging walking tours are available in the spring and fall for student and homeschool groups.

- Second Grade Community Walking Tour (2nd grade level)
- Frederick History Walking Tour (several levels available, 3rd-12th grades)
- Into a New Era Walking Tour (9th-12th grade)

For more information about these tours and other student programs, view our Educators’ Guides here. To book a student tour, call 301-663-1188 x105 or email kmatlick@hsfcinfo.org.

Step-on Guide Service
Step-on guide service is available for tour groups. Our trained, experienced tour guides will help transport your day trippers back in time through 300 years of Frederick history. Step-on guide information and pricing is available by calling 301-663-1188 x105 or emailing kmatlick@hsfcinfo.org.

Events

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle--The Abolitionists
Thursday, February 27
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History

Treasured Heirloom Event
Saturday, March 15
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center

Lecture: 1864 in Frederick County
Thursday, March 20
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Trunk Hall

Exhibit Preview Reception
Friday, April 4
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Museum of Frederick County History

 

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