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Frederick

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Frederick is the county seat, largest city, and commercial and geographic center of Frederick County, Maryland.

Understand[edit]

Frederick is a charming city of approximately 65,000 people. It is a major antique center with many shops, eateries, galleries and antique dealers.

History[edit]

In colonial times, Frederick was on an important north–south Indian trail.

The town was founded around 1742 and was likely named after Frederick Calvert, the 6th and last Baron Baltimore.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, take Interstate 270 north. Traffic is heavily congested southbound during morning rush hour and northbound during evening rush hour.

From Baltimore and points east, take Interstate 70 west.

From Hagerstown and points west, take Interstate 70 east.

From Gettysburg and points north, take U.S. Route 15 south.

By train[edit]

MARC [dead link] provides commuter rail service to Frederick Monday through Friday on the Brunswick Line, which originates at Union Station in Washington DC.

From the MARC train station in Point of Rocks, there is a bus service to/from Frederick.

By plane[edit]

Frederick Municipal Airport [dead link] (IATA: FDK), 2 miles east of downtown Frederick, is a small, general aviation airport that serves only private planes.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (IATA: BWI), Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA), or Washington Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD) are the nearest large commercial airports. They are all within around and hour driving time of Frederick.

By bus[edit]

Route 515 provides service between Frederick and the Shady Grove Metrorail Station, whereby connections can be made to/from Washington DC. The bus operates only during rush hour and costs $3.50.

Greyhound operates service to/from Baltimore for $11 if purchased online in advance.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

A car is the easiest way to get around Frederick. There are public parking garages and street parking in the historic downtown area.

By bus[edit]

TransIT operates bus services within Frederick. Buses operate between 6AM and 9PM and cost $1.50.

By rideshare[edit]

Uber is a popular method of transport in Frederick for those without a car.

See[edit]

Rose Hill Manor
  • Barbara Fritchie House154 West Patrick St +1 301 698-8992. Call ahead for hours during which you can visit the interior (which is preserved in the period style when she lived there), as they are not regular. A Civil War era Union patriot and close friend of Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie is perhaps best known for flying the Union flag outside her house as General Stonewall Jackson marched by on the Maryland Campaign. In memory of this event, John Greenleaf Whittier wrote his poem Barbara Frietchie, lines of which Winston Churchill recited by memory during his visit to the city.
  • Monocacy National Battlefield4801 Urbana Pike (Take I-70 south of Frederick and exit Urbana Pike to the park),  +1 301-662-3515. daily, 8:30AM-5PM. Site of a summer 1864 Civil War battle between General Jubal Early of the Confederacy and General Lew Wallace of the Union. Free.

Do[edit]

Parks[edit]

Carroll Creek Park
  • Baker Park121 N Bentz St. 7:30 am-10:00. Downtown Frederick's 44-acre park features a carillon, band shell, tennis courts, softball and baseball field, Culler Lake, Thomas pool, and numerous playgrounds for children. Park features concerts and children's theater in the summer and numerous outdoor events throughout the year including a Fourth of July celebration.

Spectator sports[edit]

Festivals[edit]

Buy[edit]

Frederick is known for a high concentration of antique stores. The majority are in the historic parts of the city along Patrick St, East St, and along Carroll Creek. There are also a variety of small shops along Market St.

Shopping malls[edit]

Collectibles[edit]

  • Wonder Book and Video1306 W Patrick St +1 301 694-5955. 10am-10pm. Delightful browsing in this unique collection of used books, sheet music, comics, etc. This store location is one of a few retail locations of Wonder Book which also sells many books online.

Eat[edit]

Budget[edit]

Fast food and national chain restaurants are located to the west along Route 40, known as "the golden mile," and south along Route 85 and South Market Street. Smaller, local restaurants are located mainly along Market street in the center of the historic part of town.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Brewer's Alley124 N Market St +1 301 631-0089. Local brewery with a nice range of beers. The Nut Brown Ale and Oatmeal Stout are very good. Cask aged beers are often available. Pizzas and baked dishes from the brick oven are really good. Try the sweet potato fries! $7-$20.
  • 2 The Orchard45 N Market St +1 301 663-4912. Mostly natural and organic foods. Good selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. $12-$20.
  • 3 Viet Gourmet1812 Rosemont Ave +1 301 418-6455. 10:30AM-9:30PM. Serving over 100 Vietnamese dishes and 20 noodle soups for dine-in or carryout customers. Daily lunch specials as well as a wine and beer menu.

Splurge[edit]

  • The Tasting Room101 N Market St (Intersection of Church & Market St),  +1 240 379-7772. European-style fine dining with an extensive wine list. Dinner mains: $28-45; Glass of wine: $8-16.
  • 4 VOLT Restaurant228 N Market St +1 301 696-8658. "Top Chef" finalist Bryan Voltaggio's restaurant. Modern, local, seasonal, very high end food. Reservations are needed, well in advance for the Chef's tasting menu and Table 21 (A 21 course, 3 hour, food event or a lifetime). Lunch tasting menu is highly recommended. $25-$121.

Drink[edit]

  • 2 Mirage Lounge243 N Market St +1 301 631-9247. Hookah bar with wide selection of Sheesha. Serves middle eastern food. 50 cent beers on Thursdays. Frequented on the evenings by students from Hood College.

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through Frederick
Washington, PAHagerstown  W I-70.svg E  Ellicott CityBaltimore
END  N I-270.svg S  GermantownWashington, D.C.
GettysburgThurmont  N US 15.svg S  LeesburgJct W I-66.svg E
CumberlandHagerstown  W US 40.svg E  Ellicott CityBaltimore
END  N MARC Frederick Branch Icon.png E  DickensonMerges into Brunswick Line


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