I attempted the Frederick History Bicycle Loop today, it was such a beautiful, uncrowded day in the Historic District Frederick. Attempted. Yeah, I got a little distracted… coffee at Nola’s, a little window shopping, and then the rain… I didn’t make it all the way through. But here’s what I did see:
Begin at the Frederick Visitor Center. (Get a brochure with the map below)
- First Point of Interest: Carroll Parkway, named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, 1737 ~ 1832, Maryland Senator, Delegate to the Continental Congress. He was the only Catholic and last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.
- Second Point of Interest: Hessian Barracks Created by the Maryland Legislature in 1777, completed in 1780, the Hessian Barracks is tucked away behind the Maryland School for the Deaf. The barracks has served as a prison, a home for (German) Hessian mercenaries, and was occupied by British General Braddock. It served as the main hospital right after the Battle of Antietam, and was the storage facility for supplies for Lewis and Clark’s historic expedition. It played a large roll in Civil War events in the area. This one is the only remaining of the original three barracks. You can like the Hessian Barracks Facebook Community page for information.
- Third Point of Interest – Mount Olivet Cemetery Opened in 1854 and is the final resting ground for hundreds of Confederate and Union soldiers who died as a result of nearby battles and as (Confederate) prisoners.
- Fourth Point of Interest – Francis Scott Key Monument In 1814, Key, a local Frederick Lawyer, wrote the “Star Spangled Banner”. Also buried in the cemetery are Barbara Fritchie and Thomas Johnson, Maryland’s first elected governor.
- Fifth Point of Interest – Roger Brooke Taney House There are usually several events during the year at the Roger Brooke Taney House, 121 Bentz Street. Taney was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who wrote the infamous decision for the Dred Scott case.
- Sixth Point of Interest City Hall (Old County Court House) The original building was built in 1756, was replaced in 1784, but was destroyed by fire in 1861. The last building was built in 1862, and became the Frederick City Hall in 1982, when the new court house was finished. Read more of the history of Frederick County Court House.