Frederick County Landmarks Foundation actively pursues the preservation of historic sites, structures, natural landmarks and communities of Frederick County, Maryland, and strives to increase knowledge and appreciation of them.
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.
To further its educational mission, as owner of the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum and the Beatty-Cramer House, FCLF holds many special events that provide the public with a window to Frederick’s historic past. Please take the opportunity to join us for a tour of these historic structures or take part in the many activities held on the grounds.
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
A Frederick Landmark
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Melanie Gettier, FCLF Administrator
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, built 1758
Schifferstadt is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours of Schifferstadt Architectural Museum on other days can be arranged easily by appointment. Contact us at 301-668-6088, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Bell and History Day, April 5, 2014
- Frontier Day At Schifferstadt, June 7th, 2014
- Annual Barnstormer's Tour and Plein Air Paint Out, June 14, 2014
- German Heritage Night, Harry Grove Stadium, (Past event)
- Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt, October 18-19, 2014
(dating from 1732)
Liberty Road (Route 26),
Tours are available
by appointment only.
Bell and History Day, April 5, 2014. This county-wide event kicks off the tourist season and begins with bells ringing throughout the county. Schifferstadt opens it's doors for tours and plants from local vendors will be for sale. Crafts and refreshments also available. The Youth Handbell Choir from St. John's Regional Catholic School will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to ring in the new tourist season.
Hours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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ANNUAL BARNSTORMER'S TOUR
Elayne Rogge's beautiful pastel painting was selected as the image for the 2014 Barnstormer poster and booklet cover. Well done, Elayne!
The 8th Annual Barnstormer's Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out took place on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. By all accounts, a great success!
Frederick County Landmarks Foundation presented the 8th Annual Barnstormer's Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The weather was perfect!
This popular annual self-guided tour calls attention to these beautiful old structures and their importance to our agricultural heritage. The tour provided a rare opportunity to gain access to some of our most scenic and private farm properties. The 2014 tour featured eight farms and a historic grist mill in the beautiful Middletown Valley, between Middletown and Jefferson, Md.
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 greet visitors at each barn. Many of the barns had extra educational displays such as blacksmithing, antique farm tools, draft horses, handmade wool products, joinery, hand-hewing, and organic gardening.
Ticket/guidebooks were sold at the Frederick Visitor's Center located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Tickets price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.
Tickets were also available at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick. Please call Melanie in advance. 301-668-6088.
Ticket/guidebooks are sold on the day of the tour beginning at 10 a.m. at each farm on the tour and tour headquarters.
During the tour you may watch artists paint at the barns. Later, from 5-7 p.m., a juried art exhibit and reception will feature the beautiful new plein air paintings, drawings, and prints.
All the art created will be offered for sale during the evening event. A portion of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the projects of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.
In 2014, the group, Out Of The Blue, made up of musicians Ruth Ann Randall, Frank Goulart, and Lisa Collins, entertained a large crowd with old time harmony, mandolin, guitar and fiddle music during the evening event. The evening art show and music is free and open to the public. Hours are from 5-7 p.m.
JB Seafood of Middletown is set up all day at atthe host farm to sell delicious sandwiches, food platters, and drinks.
Thanks to Point Of Rocks Boy Scout Troop 279 for helping with parking during the evening event at Fox Haven Farm.
Thanks to WLR Automotive Group, Inc. for providing funding for lunches for our hard-working barn docents.
Also, a big thanks to the Calico Clovers 4-H Club and their advisor, Sally Arnold of Jefferson, Maryland for help during the2014 tour.
And most of all, a big thanks to Fox Haven Farm and Learning Center in Jefferson for providing the perfect location for our 2014 Barnstormers Tour and Paint Out.
We were very pleased to have renowned artist and teacher, Walt Bartman, as our 2014 art exhibition judge. Walt was kind enough to give post-judging comments to a large crowd.
Prize winners in 2014 were:
Ann Gibson Snyder, Middletown- First Place
Meg Walsh, Baltimore- Second Place
Mick Williams, Third Place
You can volunteer! If you would like to help at the 2015 Barnstormers Tour And Paint-Out, or act as a barn docent, or wish to volunteer your help in any way, contact Melanie Gettier at the Landmarks office at 301-688-6088, or email email@example.com
Out Of The Blue performed at Barnstormers in 2014!
Out of the Blue, an acoustic trio, performed to a large crowd in the Fox Haven barn on Saturday, June 14, during the evening reception and art sale of the Barnstormer’s 2014 tour. Hours were 5-7 p.m. The music is always free and open to the public.
The band performed an eclectic mix of folk and traditional music, and the repertoire features such composers as Gershwin, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, John Prine and Hank Williams as well as traditional Appalachian songs and fiddle tunes.
Musicians in this Braddock Heights-based band include Frank Goulart on guitar, bass and vocals, Ruth Ann Randall on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and vocals, and Lisa Collins of Frederick on guitar, bass and vocals. Known for their harmony singing, the three trade off singing lead and harmony vocals throughout their shows. The band has been performing for special occasions for more than 15 years.
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. watches while Deborah Lovelace Richardson paints his barn. The new "Historic Barns Of Maryland" documentary produced by Jonathan Slade premiered to a large audience on February 29, 2012 and will repeat on the MPT channel at various times in the future. Check your MPT show schedule for current times. The most recent showings were March 21 and 22, 2014.
Frontier Day At Schifferstadt, June 7, 2014
Frontier Day will focus on the French And Indian War, and what life was like for the
people who lived at Schifferstadt in the 1700s.
We invite visitors to step into Western Maryland frontier life during the
French and Indian War period. Elias Brunner, builder of Schifferstadt in
1758, served as a sergeant in a local German militia company during this
Frontier Day will feature German colonial reenactors, Eastern Woodlands
tribal members, and frontier trades persons, including a rifleman (who can
lead a "muster" during the event), blacksmith, flax spinner and
candlemaker. Farm animals will also be present on the Schifferstadt
In conjunction with the Frederick Landmarks Lecture Series, Frontier Day
will include four speakers. Also, tours of the house and garden
will be available to visitors.
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