“Oh Say Can You See” That Grave Site
One of the most unique and historic memorials in American history is located in Frederick. It’s the grave site of Francis Scott Key, composer of our national anthem (aka “The Star Spangled Banner”). The memorial features a statue of Key, standing atop a large decorative stone pillar, with the name “KEY” formed by some well-manicured shrubs at the foot of the grave site.
Downtown Frederick Is Where the Action Is
A visit to downtown Frederick is a unique journey in itself, with attractions such as:
- More than a dozen antique shops.
- A Civil War Medical Museum.
- Modern library.
- Restaurants and pubs galore.
- Indoor Center for the Performing Arts.
Of course, there are many more, and all are within walking distance of each other. Frederick also has guided tours of seasonal events.
Other Nearby Attractions Worth Visiting
Located about 20 miles north of Frederick, one of the most moving and poignant memorials I’ve seen is the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg. Built in 1981, the memorial is part of the National Fire Academy, and honors firefighters nationwide who were killed in the line of duty.
As a bonus, when you travel to and from Emmitsburg, you’ll go past Camp David (the Presidential Retreat). You won’t know it, because … well … they don’t exactly have signs directing you there. But it’s there, somewhere around Cunningham Falls State Park.
Another unique attraction, located about 30 minutes from Frederick, is Hollywood Casinos at Charles Town Races in WVA. This enormous venue makes for an exciting night out of trying your luck on the thoroughbred horses or the Vegas-style casino gaming.
Was That Key in A Major or A Minor?
Frederick also has the Frederick Keys, which is the Class A Minor League baseball team of the Baltimore Orioles. The Keys play their home games right here in Frederick at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Great Frederick Fair
The Great Frederick Fair is the largest and most popular attraction in all of Frederick County. Held annually, It lasts a full week and features everything from unique livestock and art exhibits to carnival rides, tractor pull, demolition derby, and nationally known musical guests.
Heaven Is Right Here – in Frederick
Oh, before my friends kill me for not mentioning it, this is the one attraction that says it all: Those delectable, meaty, juicy, hot, steaming Maryland blue crabs. Yum!
These are just some of the many fascinating, unique, and historical attractions sprinkled locally in and around the city of Frederick, Maryland.