Frederick County is rich in history and culture. During the Civil War, Frederick was fiercely contested ground with numerous skirmishes and exhaustive troop movements accompanying the nearby battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, South Mountain and Monocacy. Two of Maryland’s Civil War Trails (The Antietam and Gettysburg Campaign) pass through the county.
The historic sites and museums of Frederick County provide visitors with a living reminder of our grand past. Visit period gardens and taste herbs that would have been growing in the 1800’s, explore the historic district with a certified tour guide on the weekend walking tour, or relax in the shade of the period sitting garden.
From the C&O Canal, to the Blue Ridge Mountains, to the untamed beauty of the Potomac and Monocacy Rivers, this area offers a wide range of recreational opportunities.
Frederick is earning a reputation as an arts city. Art galleries, local specialty shops, restaurants and some museums open their doors late the first Saturday of every month for the First Saturday event. An eclectic dose of restaurants offers options for any pallet from vegetarian to Indian and Spanish or hearty home-style fare.
Known as the “Antiques Capital of Maryland,” New Market is home to numerous shops and an old-fashioned General Store. Situated along the National Road, the first federally funded highway, the charming town retains its character as an 18th century pike town. Nearby Frederick boasts over 200 antique shops, many within easy walking distance. Brunswick, Middletown, Emmitsburg, Thurmont and Mount Airy also feature unique specialty shopping.
The foothills of the Catoctin Mountains are truly spectacular as the leaves change color. Leaf peekers are rewarded for their efforts with healthy doses of vibrant colors in early to mid-October.