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Dr. John BaltzellDr. John Baltzell, the physician who built the house, which is the current home to the Historical Society of Frederick County, was the grandnephew of John Thomas and Margaret Schley, the first people to purchase a plot of land in the new city of Frederick Towne.





Conveniently located at the “Crossroads of American History,” the Museum of Frederick County History preserves and interprets the history of the county. Visitors to the Museum are carried back in time as they experience the exhibitions in an 1820 home in the heart of Historic Downtown Frederick.

Guided tours, special exhibitions and the Society’s rich collection of decorative and fine arts tell the story of Frederick County, Maryland, from the Colonial period, through the Civil War, to the present day. The Society’s exquisite collection of tall case clocks is a “must see” during your visit. The Museum’s Heritage Garden provides beauty, as well as educational experiences, through natural elements and living exhibits in season.

Researchers will enjoy discovering the wealth of materials in the Society’s Research Library. A variety of historical books and related items can be found in the Marshall Etchison Bookstore.

Educational programs and tours for children and adults are available from the Historical Society.


Murder & Mayhem Walking Tours
Fridays & Saturdays,
October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30
7:00 p.m.
Begins at the Museum of Frederick County History

Pints & the Past Crawl
Wednesday, October 20
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Downtown Frederick

Goods from the Hearth
Saturday, October 23
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Roger B. Taney House

Learning Lunch: Cased Images, Lantern Slides & Glass Negatives
Thursday, November 4
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Frederick County Archives & Research Center



Our 12th annual Treasured Heirloom Event on April 24 was a big success! Check out photos and the program from
the event here.

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