Frederick was a regional market and industrial center well into the 20th century. During the Civil War, Frederick was witness to three Confederate invasions, thirty-eight skirmishes and two major battles (South Mountain and Monocacy) as hundreds of thousands of soldiers marched through the community.
The preserved structures in and around downtown represents a variety of styles, forms and reflects its history. Today, more than 200 specialty shops, art galleries, antique stores, museums, theatres and restaurants can be found in Downtown Frederick's 50-block historic district.
Special events are held year-round, and every Friday Night, over 40 stores and restaurants on Market Street, Patrick Street, and at Shab Row/Everedy Square are open until 6:00 pm or later. Downtown Frederick's parking options include four parking decks and surface parking lots plus on-street metered parking also is available throughout the area.