Frederick Maryland: Best Small Town in America

Located in central Maryland, the City of Frederick is brimming with culture, beauty and fascinating history. Frederick is also known as The Clustered Spires because of the church steeples on the City skyline.

Home to Hood College, this town boasts four long blocks of Baker Park through which winds a creek lined with weeping willows. The park is also home to an amphitheater, Culler Lake, a swimming pool, swinging bridge, covered walking bridge, playgrounds and tennis courts. Along one end of the park sits Schifferstadt. Built by German settlers out of stone it is thought to be the second oldest home in the State of Maryland.

Frederick is Rich in History

Visited by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln this town is the heart of American History. American History started on Record Street in Frederick, Maryland with the Repudiation of the Stamp Act before the American Revolution War broke out. Frederick celebrates a half day bank holiday each year in honor of Repudiation Day.

John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized Frederick resident and Civil War Unionist Barbara Fritchie in his poem with the same name. A plaque placed by the Frederick Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution states the author of the American Creed called Frerick home. Francis Scott Key, author of our country’s National Anthem is buried here in historic Mount Olivet Cemetery alongside his wife and parents.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine and nearby National Monocacy Battlefield add to the layers of history found here. A marker at the Hessian Barracks and Maryland School for the Deaf denotes the spot the Lewis and Clark Expedition staged to begin the journey out west.

This City of Spires is a Lovely Place to Call Home

Downtown you will find restaurants, shops, a large public library and art center intertwined with walking paths and water fountains. Winding through the center of all this is Carroll Creek filled with beautiful lillies and large koi fish.

A rich culture, a spirit of volunteerism and public pieces of art that are a part of the architecture emerge from generations of giving and caring about Frederick and the people who live and visit.

Things to Do in Frederick

On Thursday evenings there are concerts on the creek. On the First Saturday of every month, the downtown shops come alive with 12 monthly themes —  Flowers, Dog Days, Harvest, Ice Sculptures and more. Music, crafts and spectacles abound during these festivities.

Every September, In the Streets is one of several Celebrate Frederick Festivals that draws crowds of thousands. Market Street is blocked off for the weekend and displays of history, health, service, education, and more serve to inform and entertain. Bands play a variety of music while people stroll the streets of downtown enjoying food from various vendors.

In December, the Kris Kringle parade marches from Baker Park down Second Street to Ever Ready Square. The Nutcracker is performed as a classical ballet with guest dancers from the New York City Ballet joining the local ballet company.

Frederick’s Fourth of July celebration in Baker Park kicks off with a greeting from the Mayor and a reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Bands play as friends and loved ones gather to picnic and dance. After nightfall, a large fireworks display can be seen over the City.

For those looking for the closeness of a small town without losing out on culture or amenities Frederick has much to offer. Rich in history and natural beauty with an abundance of attractions, events and entertainment there is truly something for everyone in Frederick County Maryland.


Frederick Maryland: Best Small Town in America

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