Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, (referred to as FCLF) a private
non-profit organization, pursues the preservation of historic sites,
structures, natural landmarks and communities of Frederick County,
Maryland, and strives to increase knowledge and appreciation of them. To
further its educational mission, FCLF not only holds special events that
provide the public with a window to Frederick’s historic past, but promotes
knowledge of other historical places in Frederick.

FCLF owns and operates Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, which is its
main landmark and is the location of the FCLF office. FCLF has additional
historic properties: the Beatty-Cramer House, and the Zion Church and
Cemetery. FCLF includes under its umbrella, the Frederick County Covered
Bridge Preservation Society and the Frederick Sister Cities Association.

Learn about tax credits and other government programs and policies related to historic preservation in our Technical Assistance section; see examples of endangered sites in Frederick County and read stories of their preservation or loss; visit homes and other buildings that have received FCLF recognition for their architectural preservation. Learn about our Preserve Frederick program that finds new owners to love and restore old buildings.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
A Frederick Landmark for 250 Years!

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Frederick County Landmarks Foundation

1110 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, Md 21701

Melanie Gettier, CTA, - FCLF Administrator




Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, built 1758

The Museum is open 1pm - 4pm on Satudays and Sundays. We are operated by VOLUNTEER POWER!

We do our best for the museum to be open as scheduled, however once in a while
we have to close due to reduced volunteer availability. If you plan a
visit, call to make sure we are here! 301-663-3885 or check our blog.

We can accommodate tours of Schifferstadt by appointment during the week.

Contact us if you are interested in touring, or volunteering your time at an upcoming event., 301-663-3885
Our office is staffed part-time Tuesday through Friday.

To see more up-to-date information about our museum and upcoming events, visit and follow our blog.

For more information about the Frederick Sister Cities Association, visit this site.



Annual Events
Click the links below for information.




The Beatty-Cramer House is a unique and special historical structure.

It currently is not available for tours. If you are interested in writing grants or helping to raise funds for repairs, email us



Beatty-Cramer House
(dating from 1732)

9010 Liberty Road (Route 26),
Frederick, Md


bell and history
Bell and History Day
,  April 9, 2016. This county-wide event kicked off the

tourist season and began with bells ringing throughout the county. Schifferstadt opened its doors for tours for the season. Sponsored and organized by the Historic Sites Consortium,

Bell & History Day, April 9th, was a day when local museums and historic houses opened to the public.

In 2017 the main opening event for museums will have a different name and activities will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the first weekend in April 2017. Stay tuned for details.

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flax spoon



This beautiful plein air oil painting by Karen Winston-Levin was chosen as the winning artwork for the 2016 Barnstormers Poster and Tour booklet cover art. Karen has participated in several past Barnstormer events. Congratulations to Karen!

The Barnstormers 10th Anniversary Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out took place on Saturday, June 11th, 2016

The Barns Of South Mountain

Nine barns in the scenic foothills of the South Mountain Region were featured during the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation 10th Annual Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out. The event took place on Saturday, June 11, 2016, on a beautiful sunny day..

This popular annual self-guided tour calls attention to these beautiful old structures and their importance to our agricultural heritage. The tour provides a rare opportunity to gain access to some of our most scenic and private farm properties.

This event has three components, a ticketed barn tour, an art show/sale, and various educational demos and displays. Tickets (guide books with map) are $15 dollars per adult. Children 16 and under are free. Using the map, tour-goers may drive their vehicles to as many of the farm locations as they wish to visit. The farms are only open to visitors on that day. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trained barn docents will greet visitors at each barn. Some of the barns may feature extra educational displays such as blacksmithing, antique farm tools, handmade products, joinery, quilting, and Civil War reenactors.


Ticket/guidebooks with map will be sold about two weeks in advance of the tour at the Frederick Visitor's Center, located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Ticket price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.

Tickets were also sold at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick.

On the day of the tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m., tickets were sold at the "Host" Farm.

There was an afternoon art show and sale at the host farm, plus beautiful music!

During the tour visitors watched artists paint at the barns. Later, from 3-6 p.m., a juried art exhibit featured the beautiful new plein air paintings, pastels, and drawings. All the art created was offered for sale during the afternoon exhibit. Many paintings were sold. This was a great chance to purchase a fresh new painting straight off of the easel! The afternoon art show and music at the host farm was free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from art sales benefits the projects of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.

You can volunteer for next year! If you would like to help at the 2017 Barnstormers Tour And Paint-Out, or volunteer as a barn docent, or wish to help in other ways, contact Melanie Gettier, 301-668-6088, or


Barnstormers Tour featured in MPT "Outdoors Maryland" documentary!

Maryland Public Television featured several barns and interviews from our 2011 Barnstormers Tour. Below is the program cover for March 2012. Barn owner Skip Lewis of Woodsboro, Md. watched while Deborah Lovelace Richardson painted his barn.  The "Historic Barns Of Maryland" documentary produced by Jonathan Slade premiered to a large audience and has repeated on the MPT channel many times.

You may stream the full 57 minute documentary at this MPT link;



Frontier Day At Schifferstadt, June 25, 2016  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors stepped into frontier life during the French and Indian War period at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum during the 3rd annual Frontier Day. German colonial re-enactors, frontier trades persons - including riflemen, a blacksmith, and other interpreters in colonial frontier period clothing were featured during this edcational event. Farm animals were a popular attraction as well on the Schifferstadt grounds. Visitors enjoyed tours of the house and the Heritage Garden. In addition to colonial presenters and interpreters, native plants were for sale so visitors could start their own "heritage garden".

Sponsored by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Frontier Day is an educational, free event showing how early settlers lived near Fredericktown and the Maryland backcountry of the 1750's. For more information about this event and how you can help in 2017, email us at






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For other great things to see and do in Frederick County, and for more information about countywide celebrations of Bell and History Day and Museums by Candlelight, click here.