Schifferstadt Architectural Museum Events

Shifferstadt Architectural Museum traditionally hosts four main events and a number of special events each year:

Bell and History Day
Special Speaker Series
Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt

Winterfest:Arts and Crafts Market,

FCLF Annual Member's Meeting
Museums by Candlelight

Bell and History Day, Saturday, April 5, 2014 Hours 10-4
Sponsored by the Tourism Council of Frederick County, this event opens the museum season with participation of all historic sites and museums. Special children’s activities, living history demonstrations and free tours of the museum highlight this seasonal Grand Opening.

Alpha 4 Band

Visitors can interact with living history demonstrators and look at displays and artifacts from 18th Century Maryland. Weather and schedules permitting, a local bell ringing choir may perform.

Frederick story

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Special Speaker Series

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the C. Burr Artz Library

Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, in partnership with the African American Resources Cultural Heritage Society (AARCH), is proud to present free lectures that kick off the 2014 Landmarks Lecture Series. This is a two part lecture:

The Key Family of Oldfield: The construction of African American lines will be illustrated by tracing the roots of the Key Family. Keys Chapel M.E. Church and Cemetery bear the name of this family, who were among the earliest members of the black community in Oldfield, Frederick County, Md.

Presented by Richard H. Smith, Jr., McDaniel College.

The Brunner Family and Servitude: Pat Ogden, Master Docent and author, will highlight details of the forms of servitude used by the Brunner family on their farms at Tasker's Chance in the 18th century. Also, information about a slave who was freed by a Brunner descendant in the 19th century will be presented.

The lectures will be on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. and are free and open to the public. They will begin at 6:30 PM and run till 7:45 PM in the Community Room at C. Burr Artz Public Library; 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701. For more information, call or email Frederick County Landmarks Foundation at 301-668-6088,

Below is a list of  our past Speakers Series:

In collaboration with Frederick County Tourism and the Frederick War of 1812 Commemoration, there were three days of presentations around the War of 1812 and Francis Scott Key:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013,  6 PM Community Room, C Burr Artz

Christopher T. George, Independent Historian and author, Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, Editor, Journal of the War of 1812
"The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay."  This a detailed overview of what happened in the Bay during the War of 1812 with high-lights about the naval aspects during the battle.  

- Collaboration with the Frederick County Historical Society

Wednesday, September 11, 2013  6 PM Community Room, C Burr Artz

Troy J. Nowak, Assistant State Underwater Archaeologist,
Maryland Historical Trust
 "Underwater Archeology of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake"

- Collaboration with the Monocacy Archeological Society

Thursday September 12, 2013,   6 PM Community Room, C Burr Artz


"Stories of Everyday People During the War of 1812"  
Mike Dixon, adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, will lead this presentation and address questions such as, "When war came to the shores of the Chesapeake,what was it like for everyday citizens and local militiamen, as well as slaves,freedmen, women?" Mr. Dixon reveals unpublished stories of unrepresented peoples such as slaves and African-Americans, and the narratives of everyday people who aren’t talked about in the history books.

-This presentation is made possible with the support of the Maryland Humanities Council.

The Star Spangled Speakers Series is free and open to the public. Other support has been provided by the Roger Brooke Taney House and the Frederick Stamp Club for the use of display materials. The C. Burr Artz Library is located at 110 E. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701. For more info. 301-668-6088 or

Araby: Thomas House, Monocacy Battlefield, by Joy Beasley, Cultural Resources Manager, National Park Service, spoke at the C.Burr Artz Library on January 19th, 2013. Beasley discussed the painstaking efforts employed to preserve Thomas House to make it the successful, adaptive-reuse project it is today. This historic brick mansion ca. 1780 is an important landmark in the Frederick region. The famous property and house, and outbuildings, often was captured and recaptured by both Confederate and Union armies during the Battle of Monocacy, on July 9, 1864. Highlights of the talk will included historic preservation and sustainability as related to Araby: Thomas House, Monocacy Battlefield.

Tyler Gearhart, Executive Director, Preservation Marlyland, discussed the difficult task of raising awareness and advocacy for preservation of important landmarks in Maryland and the Frederick region.

4/11/ 2012
Striking Back: At the Edge of Empire in the Eighteenth Century
Warren R. Hofstra, Stewart Bell Professor of History, Shenandoah University discussed how backcountry counties in Maryland and Virginia were named “Frederick” after English Princes and Lord Proprietors in the eighteenth century and how that was indicative of the role that imperial interests played in the settlement and political organization of the first frontier in American history.

Award-winning journalist, and author of Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland, spoke about Frederick’s often over-looked role in the civil rights movement from Chief Justice Roger Brook Taney’s Dred Scott ruling to local efforts to break down Jim Crow prohibitions.


Watch the FCLF Home Page for other current listings.




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Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt, October 18-19, 2014
This traditional eating, drinking and dancing festival takes place the third full weekend of October each year, rain or shine. It features a beer tent, German food (wurst from the purveyor to the German Embassy), oompah band, German cultural activities, juried arts and crafts, colonial living history demonstrators and children’s fun. Admission is free to the Oktoberfest grounds. Tours of the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum are available and include special hearth cooking demonstrations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Friends with beer


Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt

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Winterfest: Arts And Crafts Market at Schifferstadt.

Saturday, November 22, 2014. Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old Schifferstadt comes alive with the sights and sounds of a new winter event. A limited number of juried artisans and crafters will display their finest traditional hand-made work indoors at Schifferstadt. The museum gift shop will also be open. Hours on Saturday are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Our Annual Membership Meeting.      

Our well-attended 2014 FCLF Annual Meeting took place on

November 8th at the lovely barn of Jane and Geb Byron
8926 Mt. Tabor Road
Middletown, MD 21769

In addition to Frederick County Landmarks Foundation's business and updates,

topics included a talk by the owners about the process of this barn renovation

and the importance of this Civil War site, and its MD Historic Trust designation.
This is a gorgeous place with an amazing view. Light fare was provided.

Below are some photos of the historic Byron farm.



Museums by Candlelight, Saturday, December 13, 2014

This celebration of the winter holiday season rounds out the museum season on the second Saturday of December. Hours are 12:00-7:00. Schifferstadt is one of the many museums and historical places on this tour decorated with fresh greens for the holidays. The museum offers tours of the house and traditional colonial craft activities.

Stop by our gift shop this season if you are looking for unique gifts! We have lovely gift cards of Schifferstadt by local, distinguished artist, Harry Richardson, and a snowy Schifferstadt scene by his late brother Barry Richardson for sale. We feature locally made pottery - such as bowls, mugs, tiles, birdhouses, and ornaments that reflect particular features from the house. We also have beeswax candles and ornaments - and well as special Scherenschnitte (cut paper) ornaments between glass. We also offer McCutcheon products, various books, even quill pens, and more!

holiday decore wreath swags


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