Civil War Weekends

Are you a History Buff?
Get your Fix in Frederick, MD!


Whether you’re planning a road trip dedicated to the Civil War, or just detouring on the way elsewhere,
we have planned a memorable weekend here in Frederick, MD.

Things To Do

People on Frederick walking tour

The Museum of Frederick County History

  • New exhibit “Reading Between the Line: The Mason-Dixon Line that Borders North and South” tells the story of the creation of the famous border that changed our nation’s history. See the 18th century tools of the type used to survey the Mason-Dixon Line by Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the 1740s, and learn how they were operated.
  • Learn how to make a compass of the type that Jeremiah Dixon and Charles Mason use. Learn how to use it in the museum and take it home!
  • Take a Civil War Selfie
  • Be a civil war spy in downtown Frederick and find the secret message

Evangelical Lutheran Church Tours

On the First Saturday of each month beginning in April, ELC gives Church Tours from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. You can visit this beautiful site that was used as a hospital during the Civil War.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Dedicated to telling the medical story of the Civil War — a story of care and healing, courage and devotion amidst the death and destruction of America’s bloodiest war. It is also a story of major advances that have had a lasting impact on modern medicine. The NMCWM has nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibit space on two floors divided into nine spacious galleries. The galleries feature life-like displays depicting medically-related scenes, display cases housing a collection of over 1,500 original artifacts, and information panels discussing various aspects of Civil War medicine.

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Mount Olivet Cemetery is located in Historic Frederick, MD and is home to the gravesites of Francis Scott Key, Barbara Fritchie, Governor Thomas Johnson, the first governor of the state of Maryland, and many other notables. Known as “The Cemetery Beautiful,” Mount Olivet is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the state and a proud member of Frederick County.

The Seton Shrine

People from all walks of life visit the Shrine and enjoy discovering this incredible woman’s story. Whether you’re interested in history, art, or the outdoors, you’ll find it at our site. Discover for yourself Elizabeth Ann Seton’s inspirational life and the legacy that lives on in her name. Begin at the Visitor Center and watch the 12-minute film to get an introduction into Elizabeth Ann Seton’s story. Take a guided tour, which lasts about 45-60 minutes and includes the two historic homes she lived in, as well as our Basilica. Days and times for tours are available on our Hours and Directions page.Spend time in the museum to view artifacts from her life and discover how her legacy has lived on.

Visit three area battlefields.

Nothing beats standing on a Civil War battlefields for bearing witness to those four bloody years.

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Monocacy National Battlefield

On July 9, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early and his army of 15,000 men encountered a Union force of only 5,800 under the command of General Lew Wallace at Monocacy Junction near Frederick, Maryland. Early’s goal was to threaten, and perhaps capture, the United States capital to divert Union forces away from the Confederate army at Petersburg. A successful raid would also threaten the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln, whose public support was declining.

South Mountain Battlefield

The Battle of South Mountain, fought on September 14, 1862, is the site where Gen. Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North was stopped. It was also the first battle of the war fought in Maryland. A seventeen-stop driving tour leads visitors through the battle that was a prelude to Antietam. The free driving tour brochure, “Battle of South Mountain, ” is available from the park address or at Gathland State Park. Also request a brochure of other Washington County Civil War sites called, “Maryland Civil War Crossroads.” Gathland State Park has a museum with Civil War exhibits.

Antietam National Battlefield

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led Abraham Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

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Places to Eat, Drink, and be Merry!

The Main Cup

The Main Cup is an All-American restaurant that sits on the National Historic Road in Middletown, Maryland. Our locally owned and operated restaurant has been in business for 10 years. In that time, we have developed a large number of regular customers who love our wonderful environment, delicious food, and unbeatable service. The quality of our food is excellent.

Everything is made FRESH, and with four dining areas to choose from, you’ll love our warm, inviting ambiance. The owners are very involved and hands on, so they can ensure the highest quality of food and service.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company

The name “Tenth Ward” is a reference to the way Frederick City was divisioned during the late 19th century. Our location at 508 East Church Street was part of what used to be the Tenth Ward of Frederick City.

For the history buffs and lovers of everything Frederick out there, you might find it interesting to know that the city of Frederick intentionally built this sector on the east side of town to be the primary location for industry. The reason for this is that the wind in Frederick tends to blow east and our thoughtful city founders figured they could spare their growing town from those offensive industrial smells.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company is a woman owned micro-distillery, locally owned by Monica Pearce (the boss lady) and is located in downtown Frederick, Maryland.

Brewer’s Alley

Brewer’s Alley’s location at 124 North Market Street is steeped in Frederick history. The first residents of Frederick held a lottery to raise money to build a town hall and market house on this location in 1765, which was completed in 1769. This structure served its purpose for over 100 years and was witness to the birth of Frederick as a city. The Market House spanned the Civil War, including the ransoming of the city by Confederate General Jubal Early.

Flying Dog Brewery

Grab a beer at Flying Dog Brewery where they have 9 year-round beers, and 15 seasonal brews. Take a tour with them and do a tasting as well!

McClintock Distilling

McClintock Distilling uses all organic grains to produce our spirits which are milled in-house using our antique stone burr mill. By buying organic, we can ensure the highest quality of grains, free of pesticides and chemical additives and  do our part to help support small, family-owned farms. Every step of the process is overseen by our distillers to ensure the highest quality spirits for you.

Attaboy Beer


A little about our beer…we’ll have a changing set of beers on tap. We sized our system to allow us room for creativity and experimentation. We’ll have IPAS and pales as well as Belgians and some seasonal beers with fruit. We’ll play with mixed fermentation and barrel aging. And of course, we’ll always have an easy drinker or two. Attaboy Beer also frequently has food trucks on site!

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Places to Stay

Barbara Fritchie House AirBnB

“Shoot if you must, this old grey head, but spare your Country’s flag”, she said. These famous words are believed by most to have been said by Barbara Fritchie, waving our flag out of the dormer of this house! Stay in Barbara’s house, rebuilt in the 1920’s, just upgraded to have all the things you’d expect in a hotel, but with the charm and patina of the late 1800’s. Located right on the famous Frederick Carroll Creek Linear park, and a block away from the downtown Frederick scene.

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A Plamondon Hospitality Partners’ Location Including…

The Frederick Courtyard by Marriott

The Frederick Courtyard by Marriott surrounds travelers with conveniences that make business and leisure travel easy. The hotel is conveniently located from either I-70 or I-270. We are minutes from Historic Downtown Frederick, the Weinberg Center, Ft Detrick and Harry Grove Stadium; the home of the Frederick Keys Baseball Team. More choices. More options. This is Courtyard. Grab a bite on the fly, or meet up with colleagues for drinks and more. Breakfast, dinner and beverage options at The Bistro; Grab & Go from the 24/7 Market; Proudly serving Starbucks Coffee; Comfortable spaces to meet up. Relax in our indoor pool and spa and take a glimpse at our indoor water feature or enjoy our beautifully appointed outdoor Courtyard featuring a lounge area with a fire pit.

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott

Recently Renovated!

The Fairfield Inn & Suites – Frederick is a bright, fresh hotel that is located near Interstates 270 and 70. The Fairfield Inn & Suites provides a great, clean room in the area of businesses and points of interest such as Bechtel, Fort Detrick, ThermoFisher, Astrazeneca, Veterans Affairs Acquisitions Academy, Historic Downtown Frederick, the Monocacy Battlefield, Frederick Keys stadium as well as many others. The hotel features items such as 32 inch flat-panel televisions in all guest rooms, a business center, indoor pool and exercise room, and a 24 hour market stocked with frozen meals, ice cream, snacks and drinks.. It is always a “Great Day” and you can always count on a friendly welcome at an affordable price.

Residence Inn Frederick

Residence Inn Frederick is conveniently located off of I-70 and I-270 at exit 31 B. We are minutes away from historic downtown Frederick, Ft. Detrick, Harry Grove Stadium, Bechtel Corporation, ThermoFisher, Astrazenca, Veterans Affairs Acquisitions Academy, and Westview Promenade. Designed for an extended stay, hotel guests can stretch out and relax in our spacious suites with separate sleeping, living and dining areas. With fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, flat panel televisions and work desks, our guests are provided with the comforts of a modern home. Start your day with our complimentary Hometouch breakfast buffet in our gatehouse and join us for our midweek Evening Social Hours. Relax by our indoor pool, heated spa and sports court to melt tensions away. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, our friendly and proficient staff takes pride in the service we provide to our guests.

The TownePlace Suites

The TownePlace Suites has perfected the extended stay experience for business travelers, project teams and relocating families by combining all of the comforts of home with Marriott world class service. The TownePlace Suites provides amenities that really matter – spacious rooms, fully-equipped kitchens, large work areas with free high-speed internet access, onsite guest laundry, indoor pool and exercise room. The TownePlace Suites Frederick has easy access to Interstates 270 and 70. Conveniently located to local business such as: Bechtel, ThermoFisher, Astrazeneca, Fort Detrick, Veterans Affairs Acquisitions Academy, as well as points of interest such as: Historic Downtown Frederick, Frederick Keys Baseball Stadium and Monocacy Battlefield. This LEED Certified Silver hotel has eco-friendly features such as: fleet of bicycles for guest use, back and front of house recycling programs, saline-water indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, low-flow showers and toilets, and charging stations for electronic cars. Make your stay a green one…stay with us!

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Please Note: All information and most photos displayed were taken from each business’ web page.

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