Frederick County shows its history in museums tour

Free event spans history, architecture, nature, kids

Family: events, activities

December 11, 2003|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Museums, historic sites and a nature center are among the 21 attractions on Sunday's Museums by Candlelight in Frederick County.

Presented by the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium, this free holiday open house offers a variety of activities for families.

Highlights include presentations on architectural preservation, birds of prey and war correspondents. Holiday crafts, treats and old-fashioned traditions will also be featured.

Participation in the self-guided tour is easy. Brochures can be printed from the Tourism Council of Frederick County's Web site at www.frederick (click on "About Us" and then "Press Room" to find the information). Or they can be picked up at the visitor's center at 19 E. Church St. in Frederick and at other locations around the county.

Nearly all of the events are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. See the brochure for details. A sampling of some of the sites and their planned activities appears below.

The Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market, St., Frederick: Hands-on activities; kids make their own luminary to take home.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick: German Christmas traditions. Open noon-7 p.m.

The Historical Society of Frederick County, 24 E. Church St., Frederick: Explore the holiday customs of the ethnic groups that settled the city.

Historic Preservation Training Center at the historic Jenkins Cannery, 5 Commerce St., Frederick: Tour this facility where National Park Service personnel repair sections of some of the nation's most important historic structures.

Steiner House, 368 W. Patrick St., Frederick: Children in period dress will lead tours of this historic property, which will feature trains and 19th-century toy displays.

Roger Brooke Taney House, 121 S. Bentz St., Frederick: Holiday traditions in the early 1800s, including how slaves celebrated the season.

Seton Shrine Center, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg: Exhibits on the life of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint. Event includes the opportunity for participants to add stitches to a sampler similar to those her students would have completed.

Cunningham Falls State Park Visitor Center, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont: A new Scales and Tales Aviary with live animals as well as holiday nature crafts to take home.

South Mountain Heritage Society, 5 E. Main St., Burkittsville: Antique toys and decorations, a craft and refreshments.

George Alfred Townsend Museum in Gathland State Park, 900 Arnoldstown Road, Burkittsville: A newly dedicated plaque honors journalists killed in Iraq. Correspondents from prior wars, including the Civil War's Townsend, are also remembered here. Also, kids crafts.

Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick: A "Living History Ensemble" discusses holiday traditions. Also, an extensive Christmas train garden.

For further information, call the Tourism Council at 800-999-3613.

For more family events, see Page 45.

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