Frederick County is surrounded by mountain
views, wineries, orchards
and vibrant Main Street communities. Visitors can hike on the Appalachian Trail, visit Marylands largest
brewery, and tour a battlefield all in one day.
A charcoal and iron industry is still visible today,
along with smaller industries including farms, sawmills, and an old moonshine still. Historic structures
and products of the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps, along with the site
of our nations first Job Corps Center, are tangible reminders of the capability of vigorous youth
programs to strengthen the nations economic and social fabric.
The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army
of Northern Virginias first invasion into the north and led to Abraham Lincolns issuance of the preliminary
Emancipation Proclamation. This battle had over 23,000 soldiers that were killed, wounded or missing
after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862.
Discover the story of this incredible woman who was a
wife, mother and widow by age 29 in 1803. The shrine honors her and all
the lives she has touched over the years. Now, in the 40th anniversary year of her canonization, see the latest
exhibit and discover another story; her journey to sainthood and what it took to get there.
A visit to this quaint historic community,
at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque
streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike the trails and battlefields. Spend a day or a weekend. They have
something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry!
Travel through the Gettysburg
National Military Park, with over 1,000 monuments and cannons along over 40 miles of scenic roads. Visit the scene of the Gettysburg Address, Picket’s Charge, General Robert E. Lee’s Headquarters, Little Round Top,
and the Devil’s Den. You can even meet Abraham Lincoln! In Gettysburg, you can eat authentic Civil War era foods, sleep in a restored historic
inn, and discover over 25 museums and resort attractions — some unlike any in the world.
Cunningham Falls State Park
is located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains. It is divided into two separate but unique areas. The William Houck
Area located three miles west of Thurmont on Route 77 has the lake and falls area. The Manor Area off Route 15 three miles
south of Thurmont has the Scales and Tales Aviary, camping and the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace.
Gambrill State Park is a
beautiful mountain park, located on the ridge of the Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County. Its most popular
feature is the 16 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park is separated into
two areas, the Rock Run area and the High Knob area. From the 1600-foot High Knob, three stone overlooks offer
breathtaking views of the Frederick and Middletown Valleys then continue to the northern reaches of the Shenandoah
Liberty Mountain Resort is
a resort located in southern Pennsylvania. During the winter months the resort offers skiing,
snowboarding, and snow tubing. During the spring, summer, and fall the 18 hole Carroll Valley
Golf Course at Liberty Mountain is open for a round of golf.
The Catocin Wildlife Preserve is a 100-acre zoo and
wildlife preserve located on Maryland Route 806 in Thurmont, Maryland. The zoo features safari
truck rides that let visitors touch and feed large herbivores in a wooded setting.
Main Street Center will offer a friendly face for telling local history,
literature from historic sites and businesses, exhibits depicting the beautiful natural resources,
history, and fun Thurmont has to offer. The Main Street Center is located in the Main Street District
at 11 Water Street. The Center is voluntarily staffed and does not have posted hours.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Gateway Market is a general store,
liquor store and candy haven all in one. Tucked alongside Route 15 in Thurmont, visitors are first
greeted by the red and white striped awnings along the storefront. Once inside, visitors are greeted
by at least one member of the Bollinger/Doll family who have been running the market since its inception.
New Markets connection to
antiques started in 1936 when the first antique store opened in one of the towns residences on Main Street.
The antique market flourished despite an Interstate highway being built just to the south, which completely
bypassed the town. In a speech to Congress, U.S. Senator Charles Mac Mathias Jr., labeled the town as the
Antique Capital of Maryland.
The name stuck. In fact, in 1979, the town changed its zoning laws to virtually restrict any kind of business from opening
unless it was an antique store.
12806 Mink Farm Road
Thurmont, MD 21788