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Local Voices, National Stories: A Frederick History

Women's Army Corps, 1945
Women’s Army Corps, 1945

Discover the rich history of Frederick County and its role that it has played in the nation. Journey through the county’s struggles, triumphs and entertainments spanning the colonial period to the cold war era.

The stories are told through museum collections, photographs and personal accounts from the period.

Eagles negro league baseball
Frederick Eagles Baseball Team

Frederick County By Design

Cane Chair
Frederick County by Design

Local style, spanning more than 200 years, is captured in a wide array of nearly 70 objects, dating from 1760-1990.

Each object tells a story about Frederick County’s citizens–what they made, used or saved. Each piece reflects the cultures and socio-economic groups who settled here and influenced local style, taste and custom.

The Snallygaster’s Exploratorium

Snallygaster exploratorium

This interactive exhibit explores Frederick County’s history from the pre-historic era to the present.

In Can You Dig It?: Explore the world of the dinosaurs that once roamed Frederick and practice your skills as a paleontologist as you discover and identify four hidden fossils.

Visit the Between The Lines: Do you long for the days when communication was simple? Do you prefer the fast track of mobile devices? Explore some of the major laps in communication technology over the past 200 years and see if you can decipher the message between the lines. The exhibit holds over 10 different activities that you and you family can discover.

Reading Between the Line:
The Mason-Dixon Line that Borders North & South

This exhibit combines the rich history of the Mason-Dixon Line and the men who surveyed it, with Dr. M. Kenneth Starr who made professional stone rubbings of the markers which Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon laid. Dr. Starr learned this craft while studying in China and then utilized it to save history that would otherwise be lost due to deterioration. On display are pieces from the Washington County Historical Society as well as private collectors.

We hope you come to the museum and explore this part of Frederick County history!