Whether you are parking in the City of Frederick for employment, or if you live in the City, you want to make sure you know the facts… parking tickets are no fun.
There are five parking garages in the City of Frederick:
The Carroll Creek Garage is located at 44 East Patrick Street next to the C. Burr Arts Library
The Church Street garage is located at 17 East Church Street
The Court Street garage is located at 2 South Court Street
The East All Saints Street Garage and is located at 125 East All Saints Street
The West Patrick Street garage is located at 138 West Patrick Street
Municipal Lots in the City of Frederick:
The MARC Station Parking Lot on East Street, $50 per month, and $1 an hour, not to exceed $8 a day.
The North Market Street Lot, around the 300 block, $75 per month, and $1 an hour through parking meters.
The cost for monthly parking at garages and municipal lots:
Parking at the five parking garages is available at a cost of $96 per month. Daily parking is available at $1 an hour, not to exceed $10 a day. Parking after 5:00 pm daily is $1.
The cost of metered parking is $1 per hour.
If you unfortunately receive a parking ticket, fines can be paid Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm at the Court Street Parking Garage. Fines may also be paid by mailing the payment to the:
City of Frederick
2 South Court St
Frederick, MD 21701
Fine may also be paid on line via the Internet by visiting Parking Ticket Payment (There is a $3.50 charge per ticket for online or phone payments.)
Note: if you pay your ticket within 30 minutes, AND you have less than three tickets accumulated, the fine is waived. It’s easy to drive in to the Court Street parking garage, park in the temporary spot and pay your ticket at the kiosk!
In 1744 an Annapolis lawyer named Daniel Dulaney bought 7,000 acres west of the Monocacy River. He layed out the original 144 lots along a grid with streets running north and south, east and west. More lots were added later for a total of 340 lots, running from 7th Street to the north, South Street to the south, Bentz Street to the west, and East Street to the east.
Frederick was incorporated in 1816, and was no longer known as Fredericktown, but Frederick. After that, several other sections were added to the city of Frederick, including sections on the west side of Bentz Street, sections along both sides of West Patrick Street and the north side of West South Street.
[History #Nerdalert: When Lewis and Clark left on their historic journey, they used “Fredericktown” as their launching site. They used the Hessian Barracks as their supply depot as they prepared for the long trip.
Tucked away on the grounds of the Maryland School for the Deaf is the Hessian Barracks, built during the French and Indian Wars. The building has a rich history from the occupation by General Braddock to the housing of hessian soldiers, various prisoners of wars and the main hospital after the Battle of Antietam. It has served as a state armory, and the yard served as an agricultural fairgrounds. This is the only remaining of the original Three buildings.]
The Historic District Reflects the City’s Growth
The original plat laid out by Daniel Dulaney was extended in 1891 to include East Third Street and in 1894 it included Clarke Place just south of Maryland School for the Deaf. (You can see the later period of these sections by the Victorian architecture, and by how far the homes are set back from the road.) The City of Frederick’s Historic District essentially includes the areas described so far. See Frederick Tourism’s Map of the Historic District.
The City of Frederick established the Historic District in 1952, which included just a few blocks of Downtown Frederick. It has been expanded several times over the years with the most recent boundaries drawn in 1995.
The Historic Preservation Commission, which was created in 1977, gives oversight for the Historic District, and approves renovations to the outside of historic properties in the district. The Historic Commission was renamed the “Historic Preservation Commission” in 2005. The Commission is made up of 8 commissioners appointed by the Mayor.
In 2001 the Historic District was officially named “Frederick Town Historic District”. The Historic Preservation Commission has guidelines for renovation of homes in the Frederick Town Historic District, located on the City of Frederick website.
There are two historic designations in Frederick Md: the Frederick Town Historic District, and the National Register of Historic Places. There are many sites across Frederick County which were added to the National Register over the years throughout Frederick County in the last Century. For instance, the three covered bridges in Thurmont were added in 1976. Any structure or home which has been added to the National Historic Register has a designation that is apart from and in addition to that of the Frederick Town Historic District.
The National Register Historic District
The Frederick Town Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register includes all of the Frederick Town Historic District… and many structures throughout the county. When purchasing an historic home in Frederick, you may buy a home that is recognized as an historic home on the National Register of Historic Places, but not inside the Frederick Town Historic District.
It’s easier to understand if you see the map, the red line is the Frederick Town Historic District:
Here is the reason you need to know about the 2 designations: Those properties outside the Frederick Town Historic District, but on the National Register do not require permits from the Historic Preservation Commission. (Just Building permits). However, property owners in either may be eligible for local, state, andfederaltax incentives. Renovations and restoration of historic properties are subject to many tax credits, and they change all the time. Keep that in mind if you are thinking of purchasing a home that has an historic designation.
If you are visiting Frederick and want to make the most of your day, the Historic District in Downtown Frederick will make a great destination with lots of interesting things to do. Make sure you have your camera! Even if you’re a local, you might find something new on my list. Here are 10 things to do in the Historic District in downtown Frederick Md:
1. Spend some time at the Community Bridge. This bridge mural was painted by artist William Cochran and a crew of local artists and residents. There is a sign with a Key to the many murals painted on the bridge on the creek level, next to the Delaplaine Art Center. The images were sent in from residents as well as former residents who lived elsewhere. They are reflections of what it means to live in Frederick County.
There are several other murals in downtown Frederick painted under the direction of William Cochran. The series is called “Angels in the Architecture”. Frederick has been named one of America’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places”, selected from nearly 200 nominees.
Enjoy these slides of some of the downtown Frederick murals:
2. Take a carriage ride, or a trolley ride. You can see the Historic District from the comfort of an open-air horse-drawn carriage during special event days in the winter. On the first Saturday of the month during warm weather, the trolley is usually running and it makes a great scenic trip through the Historic District. One of our local historians is on board to share some historic tidbits.
During the first weekend in June, the Frederick Art Festival draws more than 100 artists and craftspeople from all over the region. The entire month of June is devoted to the arts, with Plein Air painters painting throughout the city and around the county.
You won’t want to miss the Barnstorming Tour that takes place in June throughout the county. The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation organizes the tour of several barns every year. Docents are available at each barn to offer historic details. Artists are set up at each barn, painting scenes from the barns during the tour. The finished artwork and more can be purchased. It’s a beautiful way to combine Frederick County history, the arts and the lovely countryside of our county.
4. A serious shopper’s paradise. You could spend days shopping in the Historic District of Frederick. There are over 80 specialties, gift, clothing and toy stores. Bookstores, tea shops, florists, specialty foods…you name it, you’ll find something that’s just right for everyone on your gift list.
Visit the downtown Frederick Farmer’s Markets on Thursday afternoons, or Saturday mornings between May and October. Find a Frederick County farmers market near you.
5. Eat Your Heart Out. Seriously, the Historic District has some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. You can find great food for any budget, with a nod to every part of the globe…Asian, Mediterranean, Indian, Persian, Italian, Cuban, Organic, Fusion, and American…bakeries, fudge, and chocolate…you name it. All of the restaurants in downtown are one-of-a-kind and top notch. The only chain you’ll find is Starbucks, and who can go anywhere and not see a Starbucks?! Check out Downtown Frederick Partnership’s website for an exhaustive list of our fabulous restaurants.
If you just can’t decide, then you can sign up for a tour with Taste Frederick Food Tour. Get a bit of the taste of Frederick along with a bit of our history. And speaking of tours, there are historic walking tours, ghost tours, and several group tours:
6. You can take a self-guided walking tour of the Historic District. Visit the Historical Society at 24 East Church Street for information, or the Visitor Center at 151 East Street. (301) 600-4047. You can also download the iTour Frederick App. It’s in the Google play store, Apple store and on Amazon for 3.99.
8. See a show in our growing Theatre District: See a variety of plays, shows or movies at the Weinberg. The Weinberg is a historic theater where you can see old-time movies, musical performances and plays. The Weinberg’s recent renovation has returned the historic theater to it’s former glory. See a play at the Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Way off Broadway Theater, or the Maryland Ensemble Theater.
10. Visit one of our historic treasures, like the Civil War Medicine Museum. Frederick was a key location during the Civil War when most of the Frederick churches became hospitals for wounded soldiers. Visit the Museum of Frederick County History at 24 E. Church Street. There are several historic places in Frederick County, some highlights: The Shifferstadt, the oldest dwelling in Frederick, the Museum of Frederick County, Rose
There are many seasonal events to see the sights in Frederick: Museums by Candlelight and the Tour of Historic Churches are fun during December. Bell and History Day takes place the first weekend in April. There are a number of Oktoberfest activities as well.
There are several historic places in Frederick County, some highlights: The Shifferstadt, the oldest dwelling in Frederick, the Museum of Frederick County, Rose Hill Manor, Barbara Fritchie House, Bjorlee Museum, Hessian Barracks, and more. Visit these websites to see more Frederick history:
Frederick Md Awarded “Great Neighborhood” Recognition
Frederick Maryland is one of “10 Great Neighborhoods”.
Frederick has received numerous awards over the last decade, and has been recognized many times for it’s livability and beauty.
The American Planning Association (APA) has a program called “Great Places in America”, where they recognize communities with “better choices for where and how people work and live.” These communities have features that involved planning for accessibility, community involvement, and good use of streets, neighborhoods and public spaces.
Congratulations to all those who had the vision and stick-to-it-ness to make Frederick such a lovely place to live.
Frederick has previously received recognition for its thoughtful planning and livability.
In 2014 Frederick was number 6 on the list of “10 Best Downtowns” by Livability.
Named One of America’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” in 2012.
Great Places in America: Neighborhoods; 2010 List
It received the “Great American Main Street Award” in 2005,
It was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Distinct Destinations” in 2002.
It was designated in 2001 as a “Main Street Maryland Community”, one of only two in Maryland to receive…
The Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation
In the mid-70’s the downtown area was flooded by Carroll Creek in the aftermath of a tropical storm. It took years of planning and investment to build the Carroll Creek Linear Park, which had it’s grand opening in 2006. The last segment of the park is finally underway, after a pause of several years during the economic downturn. The downtown Frederick area has seen revitalization from the opening of the Linear Park. Read more about the Carroll Creek Linear Park.
The Carroll Creek Park has created a beautiful area for public events and celebrations all through the year. First Saturdays, summer concerts, movie night on the creek, Art Festivals and live music are just a few of the fun events the residents enjoy. Downtown Frederick has a lovely Historic District with great restaurants, unique shops, art galleries and a growing theater district. The revitalization has created a destination location for people from all over the region.
It looks like the APA has discovered what 65,000 Frederick residents already know…Frederick Maryland is a great place to live:)
Enjoy our slideshow of beautiful downtown Frederick Md:
Frederick Maryland is a great place to live, work, and play. Whether you are considering a move to Frederick, or are new to the area, or even a long-time resident, like me, there are new events and community celebrations happening, that you’ll want to check out. Here are some great ways to explore Frederick:
1.Frederick4Less from WFMD – The local radio station provides gift cards for local businesses for half price, usually a $50 gift certificate for $25. Every month several different businesses are highlighted. This is a great way to check out a new restaurant or hair stylist for half the price.
2. Frederick has a wealth of Historical Sites, from Colonial and Revolutionary times, to Civil War times. Many events throughout the year are offered, often with free admission. There are several websites with information about the county’s historical treasures:
Frederick County Landmarks Foundation – With information about the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, Frontier Days, Frederick Barnstormers Tour, and other events, as well as educational opportunities and preservation news.
Historical Society of Frederick County – Information about the Roger Brooke Taney House, Downtown Frederick tours, the Museum of Frederick County and Research Center, as well as activities throughout the year. There are children’s activities, book clubs and many other events.
3. Frederick Sites
Visit Frederick Maryland is a good overall site with information about Parks and Recreation, Historic Places, and The Arts.
Downtown Frederick Partnership has a lot of information on happenings in the Historic District, downtown Frederick. First Saturdays are a monthly event perfect for exploring Frederick Maryland’s downtown area.
Frederick.com is a Community website with lots of great resources.
Frederick Visitor’s Information Center – 151 S. East Street. (301) 600-4047
Frederick County Tourism has some great apps for both iPhone and Android, Frederick City walking tour, Frederick County visitor guide, and a Civil War Trails app. There is also a Maryland Civil War Trails app.
Frederick Wine Trail, there are several wineries in and around Frederick, with lots of activities and festivals throughout the year.
Maryland Parks – There are over 60 state parks, several in or near Frederick include: South Mountain Park, Greenbrier, Gathland, Gambrill, Fort Frederick, and Cunningham Falls
National Parks in Maryland – include: Antietam National Battlefield, National Scenic Trail, Monocacy National Battlefield, Catoctin Mountain Park, and C&O Canal, and Gettysburg National Cemetery is nearby, and more.
The 2015 fee-free days for National Parks will be:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19);
Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 14-16);
National Park Week – opening weekend (April 18-19);
National Park Service’s 99th Birthday (Aug. 25);
National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26); and
Veterans Day (Nov. 11th).
Check out the National Park Service Passes. Annual passes are available for $80, and Seniors (62 and over) can getlifetime passes for $10! For people with disabilities, passes are free, and there are volunteer opportunities with free passes.
The Historic District is roughly 50-square blocks in downtown Frederick, with a mix of homes, stores, restaurants and historic sites. Frederick has received many designations, including one of America’s beautiful Painted Cities. Living in the Historic District has many charms.
The Historic District Commission in Frederick was established in 1952, the second in the state of Maryland, and the 13th in the nation. The District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, along with many other notable historic buildings in Frederick County. Much of the District is also on the Maryland Historic Registry.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized the success of the District and named Frederick one of its “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2002. It was named a “Great American Main Street” in 2005.
The most recent real estate listings in Historic Frederick Md are a mix of single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Homes that are ready for renovation can be bought for under $200,000 to $300,000 depending on the location. Renovated homes go from the mid-$200,000’s for a 2 bedroom, to $1.2 mil. for a 6 bedroom home.
More About the Historic District
The downtown area has become a destination location for people all over the region, with it’s many fine restaurants and quaint shopping. The theatre district and the art galleries are also a draw.
The opening of the Carroll Creek Linear Park in 2006 has added so much beauty to the District. The highlight of the park is considered by many to be the Painted Community Bridge.
The historic architecture in downtown Frederick spans from the late 18th century to 1941. Styles include Queen Anne and American Foursquare, from the earliest times. The churches represent Gothic and Greek Revival, as well as Romanesque and Colonial Revival.
Enjoy our Slide Presentation of the Frederick Historic District:
Living in downtown Frederick has all the charm and friendliness of a large town, yet many of the amenities of a small city. The population within the city limits is just above 60,000, and the entire county has little more than 225,000. Frederick is still located within an hour of both Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Several Things to Love about The Historic District:
There are new homes in the Historic District as well as historic homes. New townhouses are under construction at Maxwell Square, located on East 5th Street. New condominiums are often for sale at Maxwell Place, and at Creekside Plaza.
The Historic Preservation Commission was established in 1998 and it must approve all exterior work on any home in the District, excluding minor rehabilitation. The city of Frederick Website has the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines, an important document for those who are considering a home purchase in the Historic District. The website also has a Historic Property Search to find detailed information on homes in the District. There are tax credits for restoration of historic homes.
Historic District Boundaries:
The city of Frederick established the Historic District in 1952, with just a few blocks of downtown Frederick. The Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, with a boundary increase in 1986.The most recent boundaries were drawn in 1995. Although not a perfectly drawn square, the boundaries are roughly following:
• East: East Street
• West: N. Bentz Street
• North: 7th Street
• South: Clark Place and South Street
Here is my custom Google Map with outlines of the Frederick City Historic District, and the National Registry Historic District
There is currently some development happening in downtown Frederick, with the continuation of the Carroll Creek Linear Park. After several years of no activity, this summer (2014) the finances were renewed and the work began again. The area between Baker Park and Creekside Plaza is getting sidewalks, fountains and planters. The area on the east side of East Street is next to see the park-like planters, trees and fountains.
The next big project will probably be the downtown convention center, something that has been in the works for years. The Plamondon Company has won the bid, with extensive plans to renovate the historic Frederick News Post building on Patrick Street and Carroll Street.
For those who made it down to the end of the page… enjoy this video of
A Day In Downtown Frederick:
The Historic District is located in zip code 21701. The most recent real estate statistics for the zip code:
Here are the highlights for the 21701 zip codes in the City of Frederick:
Average Sale Price: $237,100 compared to $272,500 last year, -13%
Average Single-family home: $329,900, Avg. detached home: $271,500
Median Sale Price: $200,000 compared to $249,000 last year, -20%
54 Homes sold compared to 71 last year, -24%.
Average days on market was up 2%, 52 days compared to 51 last year
Sellers got 98% of list price compared to 95% last year
There are 216 active listings in the 21701 zip code, compared to 148 last year. The inventory is increasing, very close to a normal market. We are currently looking at a 3 to 4 month absorption rate. 78 homes went under contract in July.
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For more information on the Historic District or the Baker Park/Hood College real estate market, please contact Chris Highland at eXp Realty: 301-401-5119 or email:
Frederick, Maryland has been considered a bedroom community to southern locations like Montgomery County and Washington D.C. for many years. What is a “bedroom community”?
A bedroom community is a “community where many commuters live”, according to princeton.edu. Urban Dictionary proclaims there is no major employment in a bedroom community. Wisegeek describes a bedroom community:
“A proper bedroom community is generally located in the exurbs, extra urban,
less developed areas separated from the suburbs by green spaces.
A commuter town may be located on a major highway into the
larger cities, or it may be in a more isolated semi-rural area.”
Employment for Frederick residents break down:
74% work for private companies
20% work for government
6% are self-employed
c. 60% of residents work in Frederick County
c. 40% of residents commute more than 30 minutes to work
The median travel time to work is 31.9 minutes, so half of the workers travel more than 32 minutes, half less. Even though Frederick Maryland has had employment increase over the years, with the expansion of Fort Detrick and the increase of businesses like Wells Fargo, 40% of Frederick County residents commute outside of Frederick County for employment.Statistics from 2009, city-data.
As more employment comes to Frederick, we are destined to lose the “bedroom community status. There are several groups working to attract more business to Frederick, particularly the tech community. There is a new Meetup Group, Frederick Startup Community, which has been formed to start the dialogue. Also, Frederick Entrepreneur Network has a collection of startup communities and resources.
The top ten employers in Frederick County in 2013:
Fort Detrick: 6050
Frederick County Public Schools: 5500
Frederick Memorial Health Care: 2700
Frederick County Government: 2100
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: 1881
Frederick Community College: 939
State Farm: 839
United Health Care: 832
City of Frederick Government: 831
YMCA of Frederick County: 442
Downtown Frederick is full of architectural charm and community spirit. Largely filled with the 50-square block Historic District, the downtown area has been undergoing improvements for years. The beautiful Carroll Creek Linear Park had it’s grand opening in 2006, modeled after El Paso’s Riverwalk, although on a much smaller scale.
Living in downtown Frederick affords the best features of a both a small city and a large town, with friendly people, and great amenities and activities. The growing Theater District always offers something fun to see, as well as the live music which takes place during the many events and just about every night at a local restaurant or bar. A thriving art community is growing in Frederick, with many venues to enjoy new artists and established favorites.
Enjoy our Photo Album of Downtown Frederick:
Community Events Throughout the Year
During the year, there are several events that draw crowds to enjoy downtown Frederick. First Saturday is a great day for merchants to open their doors every month with specials, demonstrations and exhibitions. Residents and visitors enjoy gallery openings, food and wine tastings, live music on many corners and special events. My favorite event has to be February’s “Fire and Ice” with ice sculptures on display throughout downtown Frederick!
Enjoy our Video: A Day in Frederick:
The Historic District is on the National Historic Register and is cared for by the Frederick Historic Commission. The Federal, Victorian and Colonial Architecture is a draw for historic home enthusiasts. Along with these historic homes are several areas of new construction, including Maxwell Place Condominiums along Carroll Creek Park, and Maxwell Square Townhouse Development on 5th Street. Creekside Plaza is a mixed use building with several condominiums on the 5th and 6th floor.
The Historic District and Historic Frederick Maryland is home to many significant historic sites, including the Civil War Medicine Museum. Other places include the Barbara Fritchie home, Roger Brooke Taney home, Francis Scott Key Law Building and the historic Mt. Olivet Cemetery where he is buried. The Historic Frederick Courthouse, the Shifferstadt Architectural Museum and the Bjorlee Museum are a few of the many places to visit.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized the success of the efforts to restore and maintain the Frederick Historic District, and named Frederick one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2002, and a Great American Main Street in 2005. These are just a few of the distinctions Frederick has received.
Enjoy this video of one of the annual events in downtown Frederick, The High Wheel Bicycle Race:
Once a year we enjoy “In the Street”, usually in September. The main streets are blocked off and the downtown area celebrates with food and music, dancing and more. During In the Street more than 50,000 people walk the streets and enjoy the huge festival. There is live music on several locations, food specials, sales and lots of local demonstrations by all manor of local children… acting groups, dance troups, scouts and gymnasts, just to name a few.
What are we celebrating? We’re celebrating the opening up of downtown Frederick after months of recovery from the floods of Hurricane Agnes in 1976. The results of the flooding of downtown Frederick can be seen in the Carroll Creek Flood Project. It took the better part of 4 decades of planning and funding to bring it to life. Now it is the jewel of our beautiful city. In the Streetis a great way to get to know Frederick.
Enjoy these photo slide shows of Downtown Frederick Architecture:
Find out more about Frederick Living at the following websites:
It’s that time of year in Frederick Maryland; the weather is perfect for a day outside, enjoying our lovely historic city. Enjoy a trip down Market Street in our video of A Day in Frederick Md, and I hope you’re inspired to get outside and take part in some of the festivities this summer.
A Day in Frederick Md
Downtown Frederick is full of historic architecture and charm. It’s quickly becoming a destination location for people from all over the Mid-Atlantic region, who love to explore the galleries, theatre, unique shops and fabulous restaurants. Carroll Creek Linear Park has brought beauty to the Historic District.
The Frederick Historic District in the city’s downtown houses more than 200 retailers, restaurants and antique shops along Market, Patrick and East Streets, as well as over 600 businesses, employing over 5,000 people. A growing technology sector can be found in downtown’s historic renovated spaces, as well as in new office buildings located along Carroll Creek Park.
Restaurants feature a plethora of cuisines, including Italian American, Thai, Vietnamese, and Cuban, as well as a number of regionally recognized places, like Volt and The Tasting Room.
On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy all that downtown Frederick has to offer at “First Saturday.” Each month is a different theme, but always includes live music throughout the Historic District, as well as children’s activities, gallery openings, and special sales and demonstrations.
We love living, working and selling real estate in Frederick Md. Contact us to see if we can help you make Frederick home.