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The City of Frederick, then known as Fredericktown, was founded in 1745 by Daniel Dulaney. Some speculate that the city was named after Frederick Calvert, sixth and last Lord Baltimore. Others believe it was named in honor of Frederick Lewis, Prince of Wales, the father of King George III. Backed by 250 years of rich history, Frederick emerges today as a city of ambiance, charm, and beautifully maintained historic architecture. It sits at the intersection of major highways and serves as home to high-tech business and industry.

The nationally recognized Historic District has specialty shops, art galleries, antique dealers, and numerous restaurants and eateries. Visitors who take walking tours follow in steps taken in past centuries by some of the nation’s key figures— Thomas Jefferson, Marquis de Lafayette, Abraham Lincoln, Francis Scott Key, and others. The city is rich with reminders of the Civil War—a reconstruction of Barbara Fritchie’s house, the Civil War Medicine Museum, a story about the ransoming of Frederick by General Jubal Early, etc.

The arts are supported through cultural institutions and events such as the historic Weinberg Center, the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, the Cultural Arts Center, the Public Art Program, numerous artists’ galleries, The Festival of The Arts, and the summer concert series. Honored as a “Tree City USA,” Frederick proudly maintains 67 beautiful parks, including Baker Park, home of a 23-bell carillon and site of spectacular Fourth of July festivities. Carroll Creek Linear Park progresses as the city’s “river walk” and host of the nationally acclaimed “Community Bridge Mural.”

“So proudly we hail . . .,” the slogan of Frederick’s 250th Anniversary, represents the sentiments of all who visit and reside in this charming historic city.