Experience the history and beauty of downtown as knowledgeable guides share the fascinating stories that make up historic Frederick, Maryland. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. $10.00 Adult $8.00 Senior (60+) $7.00 Child (6-12 years) Free children 5 and under *Space is limited for all tours. Contact us for groups of […]READ MORE
Explore the “other side” of Frederick’s history, including some of the most scandalous, nefarious, and unbelievable moments in the city’s storied past. Stories include bootlegging, bank robberies and the case of Granville Smeltzer & Mary Nussbaum. *Tour recommended for ages 13 and above Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. $10.00 Adult […]READ MORE
Look at Frederick with new eyes. Experience the history and beauty of downtown as we explore some of the popular architectural styles, local art and history. Tickets Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. $10.00 Adult $8.00 Senior (60+) $7.00 Child (6-12 years) Free children 5 and under *Space is limited for […]READ MORE
Our program includes an engaging presentation about the Margaret Myers Collection, the largest private genealogical collection related to Frederick County. Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and Nancy and Ed Bodmer are funding the preparation of this collection for public use by March 2019. Other meeting details will be sent to members around Oct. 8, 2018. RSVP […]READ MORE
Throughout the 19th century, textiles production continued in the county. Fulling and woolen mills continued, while cotton production slowed down. As the century progressed, a new facet of the industry took hold: the manufacturing of clothing. Sewing factories opened throughout the county, producing everything from shirts to suits to seamless hosiery.
In 1887 five Frederick men chartered the Frederick Seamless Hosiery Company, making half-hose for men, with 18 knitting machines and 15 female employees. The factory was located at 34-36 East Patrick Street, but later moved to the Vulcan Iron Works building at 340 East Patrick Street. In 1889 it was renamed the Union Manufacturing Company. After the Dupont Company invented nylon, they challenged the Union Manufacturing Company to try to make hosiery with nylon.
After experimenting for several days, they succeeded and produced the first seamless nylon hosiery in 1937.