North of Frederick you can see the 38 mile Catoctin Mountain National Scenic Byway. This was established as a scenic byway in 1999, though Rt 15 has long been the major North-South artery in Frederick County.
The C&O Canal intersects at Point of Rocks, a very nice place to walk, bike.
There are several religious shrines along the Byway.
There is lots of Civil War history along the entire area.
Orchards, you can pick your own fruit in season
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center
Just like many places where Germans have immigrated to... the tradition of Oktoberfest is alive and well in Frederick.
It included all the trappings of the festival.. good food, drink (beer of course :) ) and entertainment
Mount Olivet Cemetery was founded in 1852 to relieve the quickly filling cemeteries of downtown Frederick. The first burial took place here in 1854 and in later years many of the city's smaller cemeteries were actually moved here. Today the cemetery is the final resting place of a handful of former congressmen, supreme court justices, generals and patriots.
The most famous person buried here is Francis Scott Key, the writer of the Star Spangled Banner. When Key died in 1843, he was initially buried at Old Saint Paul's Cemetery in Baltimore, but in 1866 his remains were moved to the family plot here at Mount Olivet. In 1898 the Key Monument Association created a monument and crypt for Key and his wife, and their bodies were moved a final time to a tomb befitting of Key's importance to American history.
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.
National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton is located in Emmetsburg, MD, across the street from Mount Saint Mary's University. Saint Elizabeth Seton was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be named a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. She was born in 1774 in New York, but moved to Maryland in 1808. In 1809 the church purchased this land at Emmitsburg, and Seton established the Sisters of Charity community for the education of poor children.
Some of the key historic sites on the shrine grounds include the Stone House (circa 1750), the cemetery (1809), and the White House (circa 1810). The Stone House served Seton's original home in the area, and was moved from its original location and restored. The cemetery site was personally selected by Seton and was her "final" resting place until her remains were moved several times into larger shrines. The White House was Seton's home from its construction until her death in 1821.
Mount Saint Mary's University was founded by French Father John DuBois in 1808 and is the second oldest Catholic college in the United States after Georgetown in Washington, DC. The 1,400 acre campus has about 2,100 students. Famous landmarks include the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, created in 1875 and Bradley Hall, part of the original boarding school.
From the highway, one of the most visible landmarks is the golden statue of Saint Mary located on a hill above the school.
The school is very rural, located 20 miles north of Frederick, MD, 12 miles south of Gettysburg, PA, and just two miles from the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line.
Since we saw it, we could not help but stop by. We were greeted so warmly by volunteers in the office and given campaign materials (i.e., Obama-Biden stickers, posters) for us to start showing-off while we were walking around town. It was all in good fun, but we definitely got some unfriendly comments & a few stares from the opposing camp loyalists. :-)
Upon entering your "home base" during any vacation or extended stay... ASK around to local people where they go on vacation/holiday. For instance... While going to School in London I worked at a Montessori School and I asked the people I worked with where they go on vacation, I also asked what vacation spot is "hardest/most difficult" to get to (i.e. most tourists would not take this route!). You do not need to work with them... most people will be more than willing to share their experiences and have a "tourist" see the real side of their country and not just what is portrayed at tourist traps.
With this method I ended up taking a bus to my special vacation spot because no train went there! :) It was actually a string of little towns connected by a miniature train that traveled up and down the coast between these 5 little villages... it was ABSOLUTELY beautiful! Not to mention it was very relaxing, peaceful and natural (i.e. no flashy lights, etc seen in tourist traps)!
Each year, Frederick has a large county fair. There are the usual rides and entertainment as well as farm oriented displays.. contests... and overall theme.
Not being a farm person, it is interesting seeing the contest from the best of show animals.. to the cooking contests.