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A Walking Tour of Frederick, Maryland - The Crossroads of Maryland

Don Burgess

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I’m Don Burgess, a Frederick resident interested in sharing my passion for heritage tourism and historic preservation as they contribute to preserving and creating a city’s “Sense of Place.”

I’ve been a history buff of this region for years, and my role on Facebook as Frederick Tour enables me to combine my love of things old with my skills with things new. I’m a semi-professional photographer who has photographed, shown, and sold images of Frederick, Harpers Ferry, and other regions.

See more details about tour in itinerary below and at fredericktour.org

We can give tours year round. If it is raining/snowing (light) and you still want to take the tour, we can do that. If it is raining/snowing (hard), we can do a virtual "tour" indoors (groups of 8 or less).

Upon request, we can offer theme tours such as churches, architecture, or Civil War, or even photo shoots.

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sallyh927
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
September 12, 2022
We appreciated the 90 minute format vs the two hour as publicized. Guide very informative as to history events and dates. Interesting stories of some buildings housing orphanages for 80 and 100 years up to 1946 and/or 1957. We found that the standing "times" were perhaps a bit much for us (we in our 70's) and so our guide did understand and we had brief moments of sitting on concrete steps and one area had some metal chairs.
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Susan_R
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
August 27, 2022
Don Burgess was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Since it was a hot day, he took every opportunity to find shade and a place to sit when possible. And flexible enough to take advantage of a wonderful invitation to tour inside one of the historic Episcopal churches in Frederick. It was an unexpected treat for us all.
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Todd_K
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
February 22, 2022
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Very engaging. I know know a lot more about Frederick and its storied history.
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Winchester Hall, 12 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701-5437

Winchester Hall / Frederick Female Seminary / Women's College of Frederick. At this stop, we first provide an overview of Frederick from its founding in 1745 to the Civil War to the present day in order to provide context for all of the stops. See a 180 year old girls school that went through several closures, but still exists today as an important part of our heritage.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Historical Society of Frederick County, 24 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701-5402

Loats Female Orphan Asylum / Protestant Episcopal Orphan Home. This is a short stop about two orphanages operated for 75-100 years by the Lutheran and Episcopal churches. Although long gone, their legacies live on with foundations providing college scholarships for needy youth.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Evangelical Lutheran Church, 31 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701-5401

We will learn about the oldest congregation (almost 300 years) responsible for founding Frederick, see the iconic Twin Spires, and see a photo of the sanctuary with some great German engineering during the Civil War.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, 15 W Church St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

This is ground zero for the founding of Frederick. Learn how a congregation of initially 100 German immigrants, beginning in 1746, with its leader the amazing John Thomas Schley, turned "Fredericktowne" in just 15 years from just a place on a piece of paper into a thriving place, the Crossroads of Maryland, a center of commerce and a waypoint for travelers.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: City Hall Of Frederick, 101 N Court St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

Courthouse Square has lots of history from Colonial times through the Civil War and up to modern times. We will do almost a 360 around Courthouse Square covering many points of interest. Was the burning of the second courthouse an accident? What's the truth about the legend of the law offices of Francis Scott Key (author of the Star Spangled Banner) and Roger Brooke Taney (Chief Supreme Court Justice)? See the jumbo identical McPherson/Brien houses built in 1817.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: BARBARA FRITCHIE CLASSIC, 797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA

Hear about the Legend of Barbara Fritchie during the Civil War

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Carroll Creek Linear Park, Carroll Creek Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Walk up and down Carroll Creek and see the sights

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Baker Park, 121 N Bentz St, Frederick, MD 21701-4900

A great resource for the City of Frederick

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Frederick, Frederick, Maryland

Join us for a walk through Historic Downtown Frederick, Maryland. The City of Clustered Spires. Discover the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage — from the early German settlement of “Fredericktowne” in 1745, through bustling industry and devastating floods, to the revitalized city of today.
This 2-hour, 1.2-mile walking tour comprises 12 stops and about 60 points of interest. (The tour can be made shorter or longer upon request).

We will visit churches whose congregations have worshiped in Frederick for nearly 300 years, places critical to rebellion before the Revolutionary War and secession during the Civil War, buildings that served as part of Frederick’s “One Vast Hospital” for soldiers after the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, schools that have been a part of Frederick’s legacy for more than 200 years, and recent revitalization efforts ensuring that Frederick thrives into the future.

The last stop will be at the "Square Corner" — The Crossroads of Maryland.

Duration: 2 hours

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • I wear a face shield and keep distance of 12 feet.
Inclusions
  • English guide


Duration
2 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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