If you go: Planning a trip to Frederick

March 16, 2011|By Donna M. Owens, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Getting there

Frederick County is about 50 miles west of Baltimore, about a one-hour drive. Take Interstate 70 west to exit 54 (Maryland Route 355 — Market Street). Make a left on Market Street. Market Street will lead you directly into downtown Frederick.

Greyhound offers bus service to Frederick. Go to greyhound.com.


New Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St. Housed in a renovated industrial warehouse built circa 1899, its offerings will include a theater, exhibits and historic murals. The grand opening is scheduled for April.

African-American Heritage Trail. The African American Heritage Sites brochure, published by the Tourism Council of Frederick County in cooperation with the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium, is free. Drop by the old Frederick Visitor Center, 19 E. Church St., or call for copies at 800-999-3613. Note: This office will close when the new visitor center opens, but phone numbers will stay the same.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., 301-695-1864; civilwarmed.org

Monocacy National Battlefield, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, 301-662-3515; nps.gov/mono/index.htm


Hill House Bed and Breakfast, 12 W Third St., 301-682-4111. Four well-kept rooms, attentive service. Reservations are needed because it is frequently booked. E-mail hillhouseent@comcast.net


Volt, 228 N. Market St., 301-696-8658; voltrestaurant.com. Award-winning chef Bryan Voltaggio is best known for being a contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef" reality TV show. But since then, he's come home to Frederick, where his restaurant has diners gushing over its contemporary haute cuisine, seasonal ingredients and local agriculture. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Isabella's Taverna & Tapas Bar, 44 N. Market St., 301-698-8922; isabellas-tavern.com. Freshly made breakfast and gourmet tapas.

Cafe 611, 611 N. Market St., 301-631-1460; cafe611.com. Award-winning soul food with house-made desserts, served in a family-friendly atmosphere.


Visit the Tourism Council of Frederick County at fredericktourism.org or call 800-999-3613. Frederick County is also part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (heartofthecivilwar.com), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (hallowedground.org).

African-American tours

Eager to explore the African-American experience in Maryland? Here's where to find walking and driving tours and other offerings.

Statewide. The Underground Railroad: Maryland's Network to Freedom. This is a series of sites as opposed to a driving trail; all sites, programs and facilities have documented connections to the Underground Railroad, and many are included in the National Park Service's Network to Freedom program.

Caroline and Dorchester counties. Finding a Way to Freedom Driving Tour. This brochure depicts the Underground Railroad in these two counties during the 1850s.

Anne Arundel County. Has seven themed tours in its African-America Heritage guide. One details urban living in Annapolis. Another highlights plantations and maritime locales.

Talbot County. Frederick Douglass Driving Tour of Talbot County shows sites in Easton and St. Michaels connected with the famous Maryland abolitionist.

Washington County. African-American Heritage Guide of Washington County. Not a driving tour, but a collection of sites.

Worcester County. African-American Heritage in Worcester County is more an informational brochure rather than a collection of sites. It reviews prominent citizens and gives an overall historic perspective.

Source: Maryland Office of Tourism. For more information, go to visitmarylandorg.

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