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Best Crabs in Frederick County Md

Best Crabs in Frederick County Md

We Love our Blue Crabs in Maryland

One of the best things about Maryland living is having access to those yummy blue crabs! Callinectes sapidus—translated from Latin means ‘beautiful savory swimmer.’  A summer in Frederick isn’t complete without a crab feast…or four or five. So I’m happy to show you where to get the best crabs in Frederick County Maryland. Good news – according to the Chesapeake Bay office of NOAA, “The Chesapeake Bay blue crab stock is not depleted, and overfishing is not occurring.”

A Proper Crab Feast

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May’s Seafood

If you aren’t convinced yet about the coveted delicacy, let me explain: A crab feast is about more than just the sweet, delicate meat of the Chesapeake blue crab. The crab feast is equally about the people. It’s really about love and it’s about taking time for people.

A proper crab feast is about the experience of sitting, picking, eating, drinking and having great conversation with a table full of your favorite people. It’s about lots of time to enjoy the food and the company, because picking takes time. And if you’re at home, just so you don’t get hungry, you throw in a cookout for good measure… burgers, ribs, sausages, and a plethora of sides and summer salads.

The right beverage is essential…but there are varying opinions on just what that is…and that’s ok. But the star of the feast is the yummy crab. And don’t forget the Old Bay Seasoning. (It’s sad to me that people from around this great country have no idea what Old Bay is.)

A proper crab feast requires the entire day…time for prep, enjoyment and cleanup.  Cleanup is easy when you lay out the newspapers or rolls of butcher paper ahead of time. Roll it all up and in the trash it goes, paper, plastic and all. Even better if you have your feast at one of our local restaurants, no cleanup at all.

The good news is, you don’t have to drive far to get good crabs. There are plenty of good crab houses in Frederick County. So, enough of this pre-game warm-up…here’s my pick for best crabs in Frederick:

Best Crabs in Frederick County Md

First of all, let me explain my methodology. I’ve done a mashup of ratings from several websites:  Yelp and Trip Adviser, because user generated reviews are real and trustworthy, imo. And then I added a mashup of Google and Facebook Reviews, because …all those people who don’t use Yelp and Trip Adviser. Best Crabs Frederick county MD

The three important things to get right about steaming blue crabs are: NOT overcooking them, getting them as fresh as possible, and having a good supplier. The only way to ensure that all those important items are in place is trial and error…and getting reviews from others who have put in the time through trial and error. So here we go, in three categories…

All-You-Can-Eat Crab Restaurants

Sometimes you just want to dig in to some crabs and leave the steaming and cleanup to someone else. The top two restaurants in Frederick County for all-you-can-eat blue crabs:

  • Avery’s Maryland Grille9009 Baltimore RdFrederick. 301-228-2722. Trip Adviser:  54% Excellent, Yelp: 4.5 Stars, Facebook:  83% Excellent with 191 5-Star Reviews, and 4.5 Stars from 68 Google Reviews
  • Mays Seafood5640 Urbana PikeFrederick.  301-662-4233.  Trip Adviser:  44% Excellent, Yelp: 3.5 Stars (5 Stars for AYCE Crabs, not for other items on the menu) Facebook:  65% Excellent with 4.3 Stars of 550 Reviews, and 3.7 Stars from 154 Google Reviews.
  • There is another AYCA Crab restaurant that used to be one of the local favorites, but since new ownership has recently gotten bad reviews, I won’t mention it. Hopefully, they will see better days.

Bring-em Home

It’s great to order a bushel, pick them up and get dirty hands in your own backyard. Here are the top four (in no particular order) in Frederick County: best crabs frederick county md

  • Westpoint Crab House1440 W Patrick StFrederick. 301-682-6800. Trip Adviser: 100% Excellent, Yelp: 4 Stars, Facebook: 88% Excellent with 4.8 Stars of 24 Reviews, and 4.6 Stars of 15 Google Reviews.
  • Lighthouse Seafood & Deli, 12051 Old National PikeNew Market. 301-865-8925. Trip Adviser: 77% Excellent out of 44 Reviews, Yelp: 4 Stars, Facebook: 82% Excellent with 4.7 and 76 Reviews, 4.7 Stars of 54 Google Reviews
  • Trouts Market, 3 N Main St #1, Woodsboro. 301-845-8674. Not on Trip Adviser, Yelp: 5 Stars, Facebook: 73% Excellent with 4.6 Stars of 107 Reviews, 4.4 Stars of 40 Google Reviews.
  • J.B. Seafood, 308 Main St, Myersville. 301-293-2722. Trip Adviser:  61% Excellent with 23 Reviews, Yelp: 4 Stars, Facebook: 86% Excellent with 98 Reviews, 4.8 Stars of 17 Google Reviews.

Steam them Yourself

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Large Male from Fruitland

Honestly, this is the best! Yes, it’s a little more labor intensive…but the rewards are that much greater. You drive to Baltimore, get a big, full-to-overflowing bushel of crabs, bring them home and start steaming them on your deck at about noon. They stay just fine in the air-conditioned kitchen. As you steam them (in water and one can of beer, with tons of Old Bay Seasoning, 12 minutes) a batch at a time in the turkey fryer, you have the freshest, sweetest, hottest crabs you can ever want. All afternoon. Cold beer. Burgers and sides. This is Maryland living!

We love Fruitland Farmer’s Market, 106 Eastern Blvd. Essex Md. 410-574-9866. Facebook: 4.7 Stars, 8 out of 9 Reviews are Excellent. 4.5 Stars of 13 Google Reviews. The crabs get there in the morning right off the docks, and you can pick them up at 10 am. It’s best to call the day before to see how they run. We have NEVER been disappointed!

Bonus: Best Crab Cakes

Crab cakes have to be just right, don’t they Marylanders? Lots of lump, very little filler. Whether you like drawn butter or Old Bay Seasoning is a minor point. But don’t even mention tartar sauce…srsly!

  1. Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, has won Best Crab Cake in Frederick (Best of Frederick) at least four years in a row, and has appeared on several top 10 lists for the state of Maryland.
  2. May’s Seafood Restaurant has been named second best for four years by Best of Frederick for Crab Cakes.
  3. Avery’s Grill comes in third place on Best of Frederick.
  4. Madrones, Tasting Room, Hootch & Banter, Callahans, Brewer’s Alley, Jo Jo’s Taphouse, and Alexander’s at Buckeystown usually take up space in the top ten on several websites.

The last best crab cake I had was at Jo Jo’s Taphouse. All lump, no filler. A.Ma.Zing.

I hope you enjoyed my roundup of best blue crabs in Frederick County Md. Please feel free to leave any tips and best restaurants for crabs you’ve found in Frederick in the comments…I’m only one blue crab lover, I can’t possibly have found all the best places! #passtheoldbay

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To all of our real estate agent friends across the country, hit us up if you come to the Maryland area! We’ll show you what the blue crab feast is all about.

Exploring Frederick Maryland

Exploring Frederick Maryland

Exploring Frederick Maryland

Frederick 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 us, there are new events and community celebrations happening, that you’ll want to check out. Here are some great resources for exploring Frederick Maryland:

1.  Frederick4Less from WFMD – The local radio station provides gift cards for local businesses for half price, usually a $50 gift certificate for $25, sometimes at even greater discounts.  Every month several different businesses are highlighted. This is a great way to check out a new business, service, restaurant or hair stylist for half the price.

Frederick County Museums
History Museum of Frederick County

2.  Our area 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. Exploring Frederick Maryland includes taking advantage of the opportunities to revisit history. Here 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.

Exploring Frederick MD Online

3. Frederick Websites

  • 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.
  • is a Community website with lots of great resources.
  • Frederick Visitor’s Information Center – 151 S. East Street. (301) 600-4047
  • The Great Frederick Fair is one of the largest event places in Frederick. Besides the yearly Fair in September, there are events all year long, like the Farmers Market, and many auctions and shows.
  • 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 Brewers Association – supporting the brewing industry in Maryland. Frederick boasts several great microbreweries.

The Great Outdoors in Frederick County

4.  Exploring Frederick Maryland isn’t complete without exploring the Great Outdoors. The beauty of Mid-Maryland is a year-round treat.  There are several National, State and local parks that offer a host of activities.

The fee-free days for National Parks will be:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day January
  • Presidents Day weekend February
  • National Park Week – opening weekend April
  • This year is the National Park Service’s 101sth Birthday August
  • National Public Lands Day September
  • Veterans Day November

Check out the National Park Service Passes.  Annual passes are available for $80, and Seniors (62 and over) can get lifetime passes for $10! For people with disabilities, passes are free, and there are volunteer opportunities with free passes.

You can purchase Maryland State Park Passports online for $75.

5. Frederick Restaurants – A Foodie’s Paradise. There are dozens of Zagat-rated restaurants in Frederick. Any one of the following sources will help you find them:

Or, enjoy exploring Frederick MD restaurants with Google Map:

Other Frederick Resources

Surrounding Towns in Frederick County

Middletown has several fun community events throughout the year, including July 4th fireworks and carnival, family movie night and a lot more. Middletown Historical Society website has news of historical events throughout the year.

Brunswick website has an updated calendar of fun events, like Railroad Days, area events like hiking, biking and boating, and Downtown events. Check out Brunswick Mainstreet.

This year is Walkersville‘s 125th year, with lots of celebrations, including July 3rd fireworks and a July 4th parade.

Mt. Airy Maryland is on the eastern corner of Frederick County; the city limits cover four counties. Mt. Airy has a large carnival ground where lots of fun events take place throughout the year, including July 4th Fireworks, Flea Markets and other community events.

For more resources for exploring Frederick Maryland, check out our blog, 365 Frederick . You’ll find a monthly list of Fun Things to Do in Frederick.

Enjoy Exploring Frederick Maryland!

A picture slide show of Frederick:

The Highland Group 301-401-5119 – We’d love to help you make Frederick home. If you are relocating to Frederick, let us know, we’ll be happy to take you on our “Four Corners Tour” of Frederick County, and show you all that our beautiful community has to offer.

Additional Reading:  Ten Things to Love about Frederick MD

Ten Things to Do with Family in Frederick This Summer

Ten Things to Do with Family in Frederick This Summer

Welcome Summer!

Today is the first day of summer and there are lots of things to do with family in Frederick this summer. Let’s start with just 10:

The Great Outdoors

  1. Go Outdoors. Hike, walk, or stroll in any of Frederick County’s beautiful parks. Swim, sunbathe or fish in any of our parks or pools. You can find lots of activities in the Frederick County Recreater and the Frederick City Parks and Recreation Guide.- Baker Park Pool, 301-663-5666,
    – Diggs Memorial Pool, 301-600-6364,
    – Hood College Pool, 301-696-3484,
    – Brunswick Pool – 301-834-7567Frederick has several city parks, including Baker Park, which has several ball fields, tennis courts, a city pool, playgrounds and picnic areas.  An amphitheater is the location of summer concerts and outdoor theater.Frederick is close to several state parks:  Cunningham Falls State Park, South Mountain State Battlefield, and Gathland, Greenbrier (with its 42-acre man-made lake and beach), and Gambrill State Parks.National parks include Monocacy National Battlefield, Catoctin Mountain Park, Applalachian National Scenic Trail, the C & O Canal, (check out the C & O Canal Bicycling Guide) and Antietam National Battlefield.

    Around Frederick, you can enjoy several outdoor activities:
    Frederick Bicycle Loop, a self-guided tour through the City of Frederick, download the brochure.

    – Rafting, Tubing and Kayaking: River & Trail Outfitters, River Riders Inc., Harpers Ferry Adventure Center.


    Eat and Shop

  2. Eating out and shopping are always a great combination. There are many unique restaurants and shopping venues in downtown Frederick, as well as all over town. If you like a little Frederick history mixed in, try Market Street Food Tours, running May through July.
  3. Go to a Keys game. The Keys are our own hometown Triple A Ball Team. They play several nights a week at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Fireworks follow what is always a good time. The Keys game schedule can be found on their website.
  4. Enjoy Music of all genres. There are several concert series all summer long:
    – Wednesdays at Westview – Concerts on the Promenade
    – Sunday Night Concerts in the Baker Park Amphitheater
    – Alive @ Five – Thursday nights on Carroll Creek
  5. Visit the Farmers Market. There are several farmers markets around Frederick and in every town in Frederick County. Middletown Md Life
    – Frederick City Market in the Old Carmack Jay parking lot at 331 N. Market Street, open Sunday’s 9 am to 11 am.
    – Everedy Square & Shab Row Farmer’s Market, Thursday’s 3 to 6 pm.
    – Carroll Creek Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 pm starting June 21.
    – Thurmont Flea and Farmer’s Market open on Saturdays.
    – I found this Google Map of local Farmer’s Markets,  thanks to whoever created this, it’s great!

    History and Edutainment in Frederick County

  6. History buffs can learn at a museum. There are several museums in Frederick, where learning is fun. The Rose Hill Manor Park has several living history events for the entire family. The Civil War Medical Museum and the Frederick County History Museum have lots of events.
  7. Catoctin Mountain Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is always a fun and educational place. It’s a great place to have a party or book a group. They also love having volunteers.
  8. Family Movie Night on the Creek. On Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick, the 3rd Friday June through October. 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM. Starts June 16 with E.T., July 21 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, August 18, Shrek, September 15, 10 Things I Hate About You (starts at 8 PM) and October 20 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (starts at 7 PM)
  9. Summerfest Family Theater in Baker Park. One Thursday a month, 1o am, starting June 29th. See details on the Celebrate Frederick website.
  10. Visit the Earth & Space Science Lab at 210 Madison Street. Children and adults will enjoy planetarium shows and the arboretum.

Summer Activities in Baker Park

Summer Activities in Baker Park

Looking for Some Summer Fun in Baker Park?

There are so many summer activities in Baker Park. There are fun things for all ages, and for the fur children too.

The Summer Concert

The summer concert series begins on June 11th in Baker Park. Enjoy free music on Sunday evenings at the band shell through August 27th. There is a wide variety of music, including country music, big band Baker Parkand swing, rock n roll, raggae and lots of jazz.

Bring a picnic, and enjoy a relaxing evening. Help support Celebrate Frederick by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets, something they do at every summer concert.

There is room for dancing in the area in front of the stage. Bring your dancing shoes!

Summerfest Family Theatre

Every Thursday morning in the summer families enjoy high-quality entertainment starting at 10 AM. Starting on June 29th, through August 27th, kids can enjoy a variety of performances.

Frederick’s Fourth

The Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration in Baker Park is one of Frederick’s largest events. The fireworks are always spectacular. From noon to dusk, thousands of patriots enjoy local and regional entertainment on two stages, food vendors, local and national beers and wines, rides and activities, and you can dunk a Frederick celebrity or race a bath tub down Culler Lake.

Baker Park Pool

The pool in Baker Park and the Mullinix Park pool are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Edward P. Thomas, Jr. Memorial Swimming Pool in Baker Park is open 12:30-8pm Daily, 4-8pm on public school days in May and June. Call 301-663-5666 for prices.

The William R. Diggs. Memorial Swimming Pool, by Carroll Creek park, is open 11am-8pm Mon-Sat, 12:30-8pm Sun, 4-8pm on public school days in May and June. Call 301-600-6364

Paws and Claws 5K and 1 Mile Walk

This dog friendly event will be start at 7am  on June 24, 2017 at Baker Park. Sponsored by The Animal Welfare League of Frederick. Fun events for dogs and their humans. Admission is $15 – $30. Get Tickets.

Right across the street from Baker Park you’ll find the dog park, where city pups come to socialize. It’s open from dawn til dusk.

The Joseph Dill Baker Memorial Carillon Bell Tower

Every Sunday you can enjoy the Carillon Concert in Baker Park at 12:30. The carillon can be heard from anywhere in Baker Park, and the City Carillonneur can be viewed playing in the tower, which is open each week at that time.

The bells are played automatically at intervals during the week, and manually on Sundays. It is the largest musical instrument in Maryland, and one of only about 140 of its kind in the United States.  It weighs about 6,000 pounds, made up of 49 bells atop a 70-foot granite tower.

Baker Park Recreation

Don’t miss the many opportunities for activity and sports at the ball fields, playgrounds, tennis courts and walking paths. You can enjoy picnics and cookouts throughout the park, as well as a full schedule of classes and activities by the City Recreation Department in the Armory. Consult the Recreator on the Frederick City website.

Or, just hangout and enjoy the view.

Baker Park Covered Bridge

See more about Baker Park real estate opportunities at Homes for Sale in Baker Park.

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Baker Park Realtor

If you’re thinking of selling your Baker Park home we would love to help you make the sale a pleasant and memorable experience. Contact the Highland Group to get your home sold.

Find out What Your Baker Park Home is Worth.

Parking in the City of Frederick

Parking in the City of Frederick

Parking in the City of Frederick

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:Parking 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!

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[image credit: Old Ford Victoria at the Golden Gears Car Club of Frederick. Griffin Yourick takes some great photos! Check out his Flickr Albums]

There are Two Historic Designations in Downtown Frederick

There are Two Historic Designations in Downtown Frederick

The Fredericktown Historic District

First, a little history of Frederick that explains the two historic designations in downtown Frederick: 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.

lewis and clark trail marker[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.]

Hessian Barracks

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 Downtown Frederick:

The two historic designations in downtown Frederick are Frederick Town Historic Loy's Station Covered BridgeDistrict, 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:
Historic District Map

Here is the reason you need to know about the two historic designations in downtown Frederick:  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, and federal tax 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.

Here is the map of the historic district from the City of Frederick website.

Related Posts:
Ten Things to Do in the Historic District
Living In the Historic District
Historic District houses retain their value
Homes for sale in Frederick Historic District

Historic Frederick Md

Contact Chris Highland with eXp Realty to buy or sell your Historic District home. 301-401-5119.

Ten Things To Do In The Historic District, Downtown Frederick Md

Ten Things To Do In The Historic District, Downtown Frederick Md

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.

downtown Frederick


2.   Take a historic Frederick 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.

3. Visit one or several of the many Art Galleries.

Just a few:  The Delaplaine Art Center, New Vision Gallery, Gallery – 322, Tag/the Artists Gallery, Gallery Wear, McGuire Fine Arts, Griffin Art Center, Tomandy Art Center, Gallery 505 North, Douglas Zaruba, and The Museum Shop, and more. The downtown shopping district has may eclectic and one-of-a-kind galleries and stores. Over the last decade, Frederick has become an artist enclave.

Frederick Arts FestivalDuring 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.

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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. downtown frederick md

Visit the Frederick 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 free.

7.  Get a Spa Treatment or a great haircut.  

Verbena Day SpaThe Temple – Paul Mitchell Salon School, Studio She, Structures Salon, Sam Wong Salon, Natural Fusion Hair Studio, Daisy’s Salon and Body BoutiqueSix East Hair Salon & Spa, Neutre Aveda Salon & Spa, 101 S Market St, Belleza Hair & Nail Studio, and for the youngest diva’s…Princess Day Spa and Boutique.

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, theatrical and musical performances and plays. The Weinberg’s renovation has returned the historic theater to it’s former glory. See a play at Way off Broadway Theater, or the Maryland Ensemble Theater, or any of several theater groups in Frederick.


historic frederick md9.  Shop for Antiques.

There are dozens of antique shops and Malls in Frederick, including Emporium Antiques, Cannon Hill Place, Carroll Creek Classics, Country Shabby Chic, Fabulous Finds, Great Stuff by Paul, Map Man, Vintage Revival, Tuscany Designs, Repurposed & Refined, and more.


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 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:

If you’re moving to Frederick Maryland, give us a call, we’re glad to show you around! Chris & Karen Highland      301-401-5119

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Frederick Md is One of the 10 Great Places in America

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Frederick Md Awarded “Great Neighborhood” Recognition

Frederick Maryland is one of “10 Great Neighborhoods”.
Downtown Frederick Md

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.
  • Frederick was on CNN’s list of “America’s Best Small Town Comebacks” in 2013
  • 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:


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Downtown Frederick Maryland Living

Downtown Frederick Maryland Living

Downtown Frederick Maryland

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:

Historic Architecture

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.

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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 Street is a great way to get to know Frederick.

Enjoy these photo slide shows of Downtown Frederick Architecture:

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You can see that downtown Frederick living has it’s beautiful advantages! Find out more, contact Chris Highland to see homes for sale in downtown Frederick.

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