Located in both the Appalachian Mountain and Piedmont Plateau regions, Frederick County has more farms than any other county in Maryland. Several vineyards and various covered bridges dot the countryside.
The town of Frederick, founded in 1745, includes a vibrant downtown historic district. More than 100 specialty shops and art galleries, 200 antique dealers and 30 restaurants – some featuring live music – are within walking distance.
If you like history, you’ll want to experience the county’s rich Civil War heritage. The Barbara Fritchie House and Museum, in Frederick, is a replica of the house where 96-year-old Barbara Fritchie reportedly confronted General Stonewall Jackson when Confederate forces marched into town, early September 1862.
"Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country's flag,” she said, according to poet John Greenleaf Whittier’s account. Jackson was impressed -- he spared the flag and the town. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is in Frederick, and just outside town is Monocacy National Battlefield, site of the 1864 battle that was pivotal in the defense of Washington D.C. Also, Antietam, Gettysburg (PA) and Harpers Ferry (WV) are nearby.
Other famous Marylanders from Frederick County, include: Thomas Johnson, the state's first elected governor; John Hanson, America's first president under the Articles of Confederation; and Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key shared a law practice with his brother-in-law, Roger Brooke Taney – who later served as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In Buckeystown, you’ll find Lilypons Water Gardens, the largest water garden in the nation. New Market is the "antiques capital of Maryland," and Emmitsburg is home to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint.
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