Heritage Frederick  – The Historical Society of Frederick County
Bridging the Past to the Future

Homeschool Days

Homeschool days are special times that homeschool students can come together to explore Frederick County’s past.

Program Fees:

$4.00 per student/ per program.

1 Free Chaperon

$4.00 each additional person (6 & up)

Weather Policy

  • Walking tours will run rain or shine.
  • Please come prepared with a jacket for each participant on cooler days and water bottles for each participant on warmer days.

 *Tours will only be cancelled during extreme weather conditions such as excessive heat warnings or severe thunderstorms and or less than the 10 person minimum.

Life in the Past: Frederick County Pre-Civil War CANCELED

February 14, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for PreK-4th grades)

History comes alive as students explore aspects of daily life in the early 19th century, through a series of hands-on activities and historic games. What kind of chores did children in past perform? How did people purchase goods and materials? What did children do for fun in the past? Students will uncover these answers and consider how they are similar and different to the children of the past.


Life as a Maryland Slave

March 14, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for 4th-8th grades)

According to the diarist Jacob Engelbrecht, there were 532 slaves living in the city of Frederick in 1830. This does not include the many more slaves residing elsewhere in Frederick County. How did these slaves live? What kind of work did they do? How did they eventually attain freedom? In this program, students learn about the lives and experiences of Frederick County slaves.



World War II

April 11, 2019  2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for 8th-12th grades)



Community Walking Tour

September 12, 2019 2:00-3:30 pm (Recommended for K-6th grades)

Students discover the value of citizenship through a tour of the downtown Frederick community. Guides focus on contemporary aspects of the city as a thriving county seat, while simultaneously covering its historic past. The tour includes “Guess” the Iron Dog, the Frederick County Courthouse, and the Square Corners, among other sites.


Civil War Walking Tour

October 10, 2019 2:00-3:30 pm (Recommended for 4th-12th grades)

Delve into what Frederick was like 150 years ago, during the Confederacy’s third and final invasion into the North, when Jubal Early ransomed Frederick during the Battle of Monocacy.


Peyakohewamak (One Family)

November 14, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for 3rd-5th grades)

Why are cultural traditions important and how do they past along to the next generation? Explore the rich history of the Piscataway people living in the Frederick County area from pre-European contact to the present. Students will examine lifeways, trade and oral traditions in conjunction with hands-on artifacts and discover why the Piscataway call themselves Peyakohewamak (One Family).