Frederick Md Museums
Frederick County Maryland is rich in history, from the Colonial day, to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The Frederick Historic Sites Consortium and the Tourism Council of Frederick County host several events during the year to highlight Frederick Md museums and historic treasures.
Saturday, December 11 was a free holiday program called “Museums by Candlelight”. I’ve been curious about the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) located at 5 Commerce Street, in the Historic District, Frederick. Its run by the National Park Service. (Look for a fenced compound about 2 blocks south of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center) 301-663-8206
The building was formerly a food processing complex, abandoned in the last Century, now converted to a state-of-the-art architectural woodworking facility and preservation lab and training center.
Skilled craftsmen were on hand to demonstrate some of the work done at the facility. Most of the work involves repairing and re-glazing historic windows. I watched a demonstration of the glazing process. The shop was immaculate, filled with wood and tools.
Gil House, the gentleman who drives the Frederick Trolley during First Saturday’s, was on hand to share about the history of Frederick’s industrial past. A model and floor plan of the new visitor center was on display, as well as old photos and news stories of the industrial days in east Frederick.
Out in the parking lot, Steve was demonstrating the use of drills and chisels in carving limestone for decorative blocks. You can see the model he was working from in the picture. This particular block took 5 days to carve. The Historic Preservation Center works on historic restorations of Government buildings. Periodically they have workshops and open house events for the public. If you own a historic home, this would be a good place to learn about upkeep and restoration.
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