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. FCLF also organizes the Landmarks Historical Plaques Program.

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 over 250 years, Schifferstadt is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and, as of January 11, 2017, has been designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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1110 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, Md 21701

Melanie Gettier, CTA, - FCLF Administrator



Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, built 1758

The Museum is closed for the winter months. We do try to accommodate tours by appointment during the off season. We are operated by VOLUNTEER POWER!

Are you interested in supporting us? Touring? Membership? Contact us, 301-663-3885.
Our office is staffed part-time Tuesday through Friday 301-668-6088.

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

Schifferstadt opens its doors for tours for the season on Saturday, April 8, 2017 with this celebration.  Bell & History Day is a day when many local museums and historic houses open to the public after being closed during the winter.

The event is no longer sponsored by the Historic Sites Consortium as it was in the past but many local museums will still celebrate this event. Come tour Schifferstadt and learn about Frederick history.

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flax spoon


The 11th Barnstormers Tour will take place on June 10, 2017 in the East Frederick County region. More details to come in 2017!


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.


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.


We look forward to the June 10, 2017 Barnstormers Tour!

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 each farm featured on the tour. 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.

Good things to know:

1. You can volunteer for the 2017 Barnstormers Tour. The event is on June 10, 2017. We are looking for planners, barn docents (we will train you) - and there are many other ways to help at this fun and popular event. Contact Melanie Gettier, 301-668-6088, or


2. 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 are free.


3. A list of the addresses is not posted prior to the event to help reduce the occurance of the public visiting these private residences before the day of the event.

4.  Tickets will be sold at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. 301-663-3885. On the day of the tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m., tickets will be sold at th "Host" Farm. (More info. will be available closer to event date.)



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 17, 2017

Visitors will step into frontier life during the French and Indian War period at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum during the 4th annual Frontier Day. Colonial re-enactors, frontier trades persons - including riflemen, a blacksmith, and other interpreters in colonial frontier period clothing are featured during this edcational event. Visitors enjoy tours of the house and the Heritage Garden and other activities. In addition to colonial presenters and interpreters, native plants are for sale so visitors can 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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