The city of Frederick is the county seat of Frederick County, the largest county by area in the state of Maryland. The city of Frederick witnessed a steady stream of Northern and Southern soldiers and full-blown military occupations from both armies from 1862-1864. In the last of these, CSA Gen. Jubal Early demanded (and received) a $200,000 ransom after threatening to torch the town. Some historians believe that Early's ire with Frederick stemmed from his experience during Lee's Invasion in the fall of 1862 in which the Confederates received a "cold reception" by loyal townspeople, including flag-waving heroines Barbara Fritchie, Mary Quantrill, and Nancy Crouse of nearby Middletown. Today Frederick warmly welcomes you to experience its 50-block historic district and a variety of shopping, dining, entertainment, and public art experiences.
Local Tourism Resources:
Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.
151 S. East Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301 228-2888 or 800 999-3613