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Frederick, Maryland

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Frederick is a large and growing city in Washington's northwestern suburbs with a thriving downtown showcasing a wealth of eighteenth and nineteenth century architecture, overflowing with shops and restaurants. Markers around town point out the vital role Frederick played in the American Civil War as numerous battles were fought just outside of town. Another attraction for visitors to check out is Carroll Creek Park, an urban renewal project rivaling that of most major cities not just in its size and scope but in its beauty and awe.

Although much of downtown is still historic, several mid-rise office buildings have been built to compete with the historic church spires that dominate the city's skyline. Among the historic buildings and tree and brick-paved sidewalks, visitors will find a bustling downtown. Frederick's Main Streets are Market Street, the main north-south corridor, and Patrick Street, the main east-west corridor. Additional shopping and dining can be found just east of downtown in the Everedy Square and Shab Row districts. To get there, head east on Patrick Street, and enjoy the shops along the way.

Frederick is well worth a stop for anyone day-tripping through western Maryland. With its concentration of shops, restaurants, and museums, the city is a major draw for the area. In fact, the large amount of restaurants also creates a bustling nightlife unique for that part of Maryland. Frederick is located in the heart of Frederick County, Maryland and is about 50 miles away from both Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. The center of Frederick's downtown can be found at the intersection of Market Street and Patrick Street. Other nearby Main Streets include New Market, Maryland, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Photo Gallery Tour

We'll begin our tour of Frederick, Maryland where Market Street crosses over Carroll Creek.  The Carroll Creek Promenade features brick footpaths, fountains, planted areas, pedestrian bridges, shops that front the water, and outdoor cafes.  We are currently on the southern edge of downtown Frederick.
We'll begin our tour of Frederick, Maryland where Market Street crosses over Carroll Creek. The Carroll Creek Promenade features brick footpaths, fountains, planted areas, pedestrian bridges, shops that front the water, and outdoor cafes. We are currently on the southern edge of downtown Frederick.
Shops and office buildings rise up around Carroll Creek Park.  What started as a flood control project in the 1970s eventually became an economic vitality program and a centerpiece of downtown Frederick.  From here, we will continue to head north along Market Street.
Shops and office buildings rise up around Carroll Creek Park. What started as a flood control project in the 1970s eventually became an economic vitality program and a centerpiece of downtown Frederick. From here, we will continue to head north along Market Street.
Frederick's two Main Streets are Market Street, which runs north and south and Patrick Street, which runs east and west.  This is Market Street in downtown Frederick.
Frederick's two Main Streets are Market Street, which runs north and south and Patrick Street, which runs east and west. This is Market Street in downtown Frederick.
There are an eclectic mix of shops in downtown Frederick, including gift shops and camping stores.
There are an eclectic mix of shops in downtown Frederick, including gift shops and camping stores.
This is the southwest corner of Market Street and Patrick Street.  Since Market Street and Patrick Street are the two Main Streets in Frederick, this is the heart of the city.
This is the southwest corner of Market Street and Patrick Street. Since Market Street and Patrick Street are the two Main Streets in Frederick, this is the heart of the city.
This is the southeast corner of Market Street and Patrick Street.  For now we'll continue heading north along Market Street but we'll come back to Patrick Street later.  The Citizens National Bank Building was built in 1908.
This is the southeast corner of Market Street and Patrick Street. For now we'll continue heading north along Market Street but we'll come back to Patrick Street later. The Citizens National Bank Building was built in 1908.
We continue heading north along Market Street.  Market Street is also Maryland State Route 355, which heads south all the way down to Washington, DC.  As the highway heads south it takes several names, including Frederick Road, Rockville Pike, and finally, as it heads into Washington, DC, Wisconsin Avenue where it terminates in historic Georgetown.
We continue heading north along Market Street. Market Street is also Maryland State Route 355, which heads south all the way down to Washington, DC. As the highway heads south it takes several names, including Frederick Road, Rockville Pike, and finally, as it heads into Washington, DC, Wisconsin Avenue where it terminates in historic Georgetown.
More businesses along Market Street, including wine bars and sidewalk cafes.
More businesses along Market Street, including wine bars and sidewalk cafes.
Furniture stores and clothing boutiques along Market Street in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland.
Furniture stores and clothing boutiques along Market Street in historic downtown Frederick, Maryland.
The building on the right is a Frederick County government building.  The building in the middle is the Hendrickson Building, designed by the J.A. Dempwolf Architectural firm, famous for its distinctive styles throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The building on the right is a Frederick County government building. The building in the middle is the Hendrickson Building, designed by the J.A. Dempwolf Architectural firm, famous for its distinctive styles throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania.
We reach the intersection of Market Street and Church Street.
We reach the intersection of Market Street and Church Street.
We'll take a detour and work our way down Church Street from east to west.  This is Winchester Hall.  Named after Hiram Winchester, Winchester Hall was originally a girl's school but today is the seat of Frederick County government.
We'll take a detour and work our way down Church Street from east to west. This is Winchester Hall. Named after Hiram Winchester, Winchester Hall was originally a girl's school but today is the seat of Frederick County government.
Frederick is known for its red brick Georgian architecture, including these rowhomes lining Church Street.  On the right side of the picture is Trinity Chapel, built in 1763.  The colonial steeple was built in 1807 and is the oldest of the "clustered spires" of Frederick.
Frederick is known for its red brick Georgian architecture, including these rowhomes lining Church Street. On the right side of the picture is Trinity Chapel, built in 1763. The colonial steeple was built in 1807 and is the oldest of the "clustered spires" of Frederick.
Also on Church Street is the Museum of Frederick County History.  The Federal style building was originally built in 1824 and served as the Loats Female Orphan Asylum.
Also on Church Street is the Museum of Frederick County History. The Federal style building was originally built in 1824 and served as the Loats Female Orphan Asylum.
More Georgian style row homes and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The building was completed in 1855.  It was built in the Norman Gothic style and is known for its twin octagonal towers that rise 150 feet high.
More Georgian style row homes and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The building was completed in 1855. It was built in the Norman Gothic style and is known for its twin octagonal towers that rise 150 feet high.
We head back out to Market Street and continue our trip north.
We head back out to Market Street and continue our trip north.
On Market Street, there are a variety of gift shops in storefronts, featuring a wide array of architectural styles.
On Market Street, there are a variety of gift shops in storefronts, featuring a wide array of architectural styles.
Brewer's Alley is a large brewery and restaurant located in what was once an office building for Frederick built in 1873.
Brewer's Alley is a large brewery and restaurant located in what was once an office building for Frederick built in 1873.
More shops, including a clothing boutique along Market Street.
More shops, including a clothing boutique along Market Street.
Next door is a record store and beyond that we see the corner of Market Street and Second Street
Next door is a record store and beyond that we see the corner of Market Street and Second Street
This is a view of the southwest corner of Market Street and Second Street.
This is a view of the southwest corner of Market Street and Second Street.
And this is a view of the southeast corner of Market Street and Second Street.  In the foreground, a directional sign points to various attractions in the area.
And this is a view of the southeast corner of Market Street and Second Street. In the foreground, a directional sign points to various attractions in the area.
Here is the northeast corner of Market Street and Second Street.  Notice the bird flying from the window?  There were many paintings like this around town.  These are known as  trompe-l'oeil, which is French for "deceive the eye."
Here is the northeast corner of Market Street and Second Street. Notice the bird flying from the window? There were many paintings like this around town. These are known as trompe-l'oeil, which is French for "deceive the eye."
We continue heading north along Market Street past more gift shops.
We continue heading north along Market Street past more gift shops.
Gift shops, art galleries, gourmet markets, and sidewalk cafes line Market Street.
Gift shops, art galleries, gourmet markets, and sidewalk cafes line Market Street.
This 19th century Victorian brownstone mansion is now home to a restaurant.
This 19th century Victorian brownstone mansion is now home to a restaurant.
More businesses and shops in buildings that have architectural flair along Market Street.
More businesses and shops in buildings that have architectural flair along Market Street.
Some colorful businesses, including this one that "pops" out along Market Street in downtown Frederick.
Some colorful businesses, including this one that "pops" out along Market Street in downtown Frederick.
As we get further from the core of downtown Frederick, things get a bit quieter and we start to see a few vacancies, such as the storefront on the left.
As we get further from the core of downtown Frederick, things get a bit quieter and we start to see a few vacancies, such as the storefront on the left.
A beautiful historic building that needs a little tender loving care is split into multiple storefronts and apartments.
A beautiful historic building that needs a little tender loving care is split into multiple storefronts and apartments.
This is the corner of Market Street and Fourth Street, which is the northern limit of our tour.
This is the corner of Market Street and Fourth Street, which is the northern limit of our tour.
But one last picture before we turn around.  Check out this gorgeous Queen Anne's style building on the corner of Market Street and Fourth Street.  Definitely some interesting architectural finds on this side of town.
But one last picture before we turn around. Check out this gorgeous Queen Anne's style building on the corner of Market Street and Fourth Street. Definitely some interesting architectural finds on this side of town.
We head over to the west side of downtown.  We'll go to Patrick Street and work our way from west to east.  This is the Frederick County Courthouse at the intersection of Patrick Street and Court Street.
We head over to the west side of downtown. We'll go to Patrick Street and work our way from west to east. This is the Frederick County Courthouse at the intersection of Patrick Street and Court Street.
Here is a view of the front entrance of the Francis Scott Key Hotel.  Today the hotel is actually made up of apartments.  Named after Francis Scott Key, the American author and lawyer is known for writing what was eventually known as "The Star-Spangled Banner."  Key was born and raised nearby.
Here is a view of the front entrance of the Francis Scott Key Hotel. Today the hotel is actually made up of apartments. Named after Francis Scott Key, the American author and lawyer is known for writing what was eventually known as "The Star-Spangled Banner." Key was born and raised nearby.
Across the street is a high-rise (at least for Frederick) office building and the Weinberg Center for the Arts.  The Weinberg Center originally opened in 1926 as a movie house and the second largest structure in Frederick at the time.  Today the theater is still used for movies and for performances by local arts groups.
Across the street is a high-rise (at least for Frederick) office building and the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The Weinberg Center originally opened in 1926 as a movie house and the second largest structure in Frederick at the time. Today the theater is still used for movies and for performances by local arts groups.
We continue down Patrick Street.  Here is another view of the Francis Scott Key Hotel.  A mural on the wall celebrates his contribution to the U.S. National Anthem.
We continue down Patrick Street. Here is another view of the Francis Scott Key Hotel. A mural on the wall celebrates his contribution to the U.S. National Anthem.
We cross Market Street and continue down Patrick Street.  Here is a view of the corner of Market and Patrick.  In the bottom right-hand corner of the picture, you can see an example of the historical markers that talk about the part Frederick played during the Civil War.
We cross Market Street and continue down Patrick Street. Here is a view of the corner of Market and Patrick. In the bottom right-hand corner of the picture, you can see an example of the historical markers that talk about the part Frederick played during the Civil War.
This is a view looking east down Patrick Street.  Numerous shops and restaurants can be found along this route.  Also, you can take this route to get to Frederick's Everedy Square and Shab Row district, which we will hit in a little while.
This is a view looking east down Patrick Street. Numerous shops and restaurants can be found along this route. Also, you can take this route to get to Frederick's Everedy Square and Shab Row district, which we will hit in a little while.
Boutiques and cafes occupy the historic buildings that line Patrick Street.
Boutiques and cafes occupy the historic buildings that line Patrick Street.
More shops and restaurants along Patrick Street.  Carroll Creek Antiques has been replaced by Serendipity Market & More.
More shops and restaurants along Patrick Street. Carroll Creek Antiques has been replaced by Serendipity Market & More.
Across the street are shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
Across the street are shops, restaurants, and other businesses.
More shops, restaurants, and other businesses in historic buildings featuring a wide array of architectural designs.
More shops, restaurants, and other businesses in historic buildings featuring a wide array of architectural designs.
This is the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, a popular attraction in Frederick, and why wouldn't it be with a window display like that.  Several large Civil War battles were fought outside of Frederick, including Antietam and Gettysburg, so the city itself became "one vast hospital."
This is the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, a popular attraction in Frederick, and why wouldn't it be with a window display like that. Several large Civil War battles were fought outside of Frederick, including Antietam and Gettysburg, so the city itself became "one vast hospital."
Home design stores and gift shops along Patrick Street.
Home design stores and gift shops along Patrick Street.
More shops and restaurants at the corner of Patrick Street and Maxwell Avenue.
More shops and restaurants at the corner of Patrick Street and Maxwell Avenue.
Here are a few more businesses as we continue heading east along Patrick Street.
Here are a few more businesses as we continue heading east along Patrick Street.
In case you can't tell in these pictures it had rained earlier in the day.  Here is a salon and a large antiques store along Patrick Street.
In case you can't tell in these pictures it had rained earlier in the day. Here is a salon and a large antiques store along Patrick Street.
Across the street are more stores, including gift shops, record stores, and day spas.
Across the street are more stores, including gift shops, record stores, and day spas.
We get to the corner of Patrick Street and Carroll Street where we find a tattoo shop.
We get to the corner of Patrick Street and Carroll Street where we find a tattoo shop.
And across the street on the corner of Patrick Street and Carroll Street is a yarn store.  This is the eastern extent of most of the window shopping but we will continue heading east where we find a few more businesses before hitting the Everedy Square and Shab Row district.
And across the street on the corner of Patrick Street and Carroll Street is a yarn store. This is the eastern extent of most of the window shopping but we will continue heading east where we find a few more businesses before hitting the Everedy Square and Shab Row district.
Along this stretch of Patrick Street there aren't as many shops but you'll hit a few such as this wine shop.  It's less than five minutes to get to Everedy Square and Shab Row.
Along this stretch of Patrick Street there aren't as many shops but you'll hit a few such as this wine shop. It's less than five minutes to get to Everedy Square and Shab Row.
And here we are.  See that didn't take so long.  As the banners indicate Everedy Square & Shab Row include food, shops, and offices.
And here we are. See that didn't take so long. As the banners indicate Everedy Square & Shab Row include food, shops, and offices.
In 1923, Harry J. Lebherz founded the Everedy Company, which produced bottle cappers and later stainless steel pots and pans, and other kitchen items on the site that is now Everedy Square.
In 1923, Harry J. Lebherz founded the Everedy Company, which produced bottle cappers and later stainless steel pots and pans, and other kitchen items on the site that is now Everedy Square.
Across the street, on the corner of East and Church Streets is a fudge and ice cream shop.
Across the street, on the corner of East and Church Streets is a fudge and ice cream shop.
If you head northeast along Church Street you'll see a row of historic houses that make up part of Shab Row.  Today these contain shops and other businesses.
If you head northeast along Church Street you'll see a row of historic houses that make up part of Shab Row. Today these contain shops and other businesses.
After the Civil War, Shab Row was the center of life for Frederick's African American community.  It was a close-knit community of tinkers, tailors, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters, and cobblers.  Years later the area became blighted but has been restored with shops, services, and other commercial offerings.
After the Civil War, Shab Row was the center of life for Frederick's African American community. It was a close-knit community of tinkers, tailors, blacksmiths, wheelwrights, carpenters, and cobblers. Years later the area became blighted but has been restored with shops, services, and other commercial offerings.
A sign proudly proclaims the area as Shab Row.  Historic houses are now occupied by shops and others businesses.  An historical marker in the distance details the area's history.
A sign proudly proclaims the area as Shab Row. Historic houses are now occupied by shops and others businesses. An historical marker in the distance details the area's history.
Across the street is a large building that is now an antiques store.  And this concludes our tour of Frederick, Maryland.
Across the street is a large building that is now an antiques store. And this concludes our tour of Frederick, Maryland.

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