Few towns in the greater metropolitan region offer a more charming destination than downtown Frederick. When first established in the 1740s, Frederick, Maryland marked the edge of all western civilization in the mid-Atlantic region and served as an outfitter destination for pioneers exploring the untamed Allegheny Mountains. In 1745, Daniel Dulaney officially founded the town and laid out the original city plat, selling hundreds of lots, all based around a picturesque fresh water stream known as Carroll Creek.
Soon after, German and English settlers descended upon the town, securing its commercial viability and establishing its social mores. Since then, Frederick has played a role in virtually every chapter of American history. More than a decade before the Boston Tea Party, local leaders burned effigies of British officials in protest of the 1765 British Stamp Act. Frederick City served as an organizing point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and was the home of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.
Downtown's brick lined streets have played host to George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, General Lafayette, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Winston Churchill and every U.S. President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Today, Frederick is nationally lauded for its 75 block historic district, distinguished by its clustered spires. The City is a treasure trove of spectacular 18th and 19th century architecture admired by many visitors.