Emmitsburg is a small town in Maryland that was established in 1785. It lies just south of the Pennsylvania border, on the main road to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Because of this strategic location the Union army chose to fortify the town in June 1863 in an attempt to stop the Confederate advance north. One June 23rd of 1863 much of the town was destroyed by fire, possibly the act of a Union sympathizer who didn't want the town to fall into the hands of the southern army. The Confederates circled around the town and met the Union Army at Gettysburg for an epic three-day battle. On July 4th, after the battle of Gettysburg ended, Confederates briefly occupied the town.
Today Emmitsburg has just 2300 residents, and a quiet little main street. Just south of town you will also find Mount Saint Mary's University and the National Shrine of Saint Ann Elizabeth Seton. Emmitsburg is also home to the National Fire Academy and its National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.
Frederick gets a lot of traffic because of its location at the junction of several major highways: US40, US15, US340, I-70 and I-270.
From here, also you can easily get to I-81 for north-south access or I-66 for east-west access.
Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Washington D.C. are all within an hour drive.
a good Frederick area tour guide online is:
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60000 people, 21000 households, 13000 families; family income is $56000 (two income family).
official wbsie is: http://www.cityoffrederick.com/
Francis Scott Key ("Star Spangled Banner")
Barbara Fritchie, Civil War patriot
ZIPCODES 21701 through 21704 are Frederick
Area Code 240, 301
Frederick is in Frederick County where it is the county seat
Frederick Police Department: only one officer killed on duty in over 70 years
Frederick is Maryland's second largest city (Baltimore is larger).