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.

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.

A Story of Frederick County: Local Voices

September 20, 2018  2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for 3rd-5th grades)

Discover the rich history of Frederick County through a series of activities and hands-on object opportunities. The program will cover history from Native Americans through the Civil War.  Students will explore the Local Voices, National Stories: A Frederick History exhibit as they try to solve civil war spy, John Babcock’s message. At another station, students will examine historic objects and primary resources to discover more about the life of a past Frederick County residents


Art & Architecture Walking Tour

October 4, 2018 2:00-3:30 pm (Recommended for 8th-12th grades)

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.


Life as a Maryland Slave

October 18, 2018 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.



Civil War Walking Tour

November 1, 2018 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 15, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for 3rd-5thgrades)

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).


Industry in Frederick County

November 29, 2018 2:00-3:00 pm (Recommended for 9th-12th grades)