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

Walking Tours

Due to COVID-19, Walking Tours are postponed to 2021

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Walk in the footsteps of Frederick’s past residents and discover their story.

Heritage Frederick offers six walking tours with expert guides to lead visitors on their exploration of downtown Frederick.

2020 Walking Tour Season Tickets: $10.00/Adult, $8.00/Senior (60+), $7.00/Child (6-12 years)

Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance.

Walking Tours are offered April through October. Space is limited.

*Groups of 10 or more please visit the group tour page for a special rate.

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.

Tour Information

  • All tours walk approx. 1 mile.
  • Tours consist of walking and standing for 90 minutes. When possible, guides will tell a story near places where visitors can sit.
  • Please note that some city sidewalks are uneven.

Women’s History Walking Tour

Length: 90 Minutes  | April 18, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19 at 11 a.m.

Learn about Frederick’s pioneering women in education, religion, fashion and more! *Tour starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 

Historic Frederick Walking Tour

Length: 90 Minutes  | 4th-5th Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. & 1st -3rd Sundays at 1:30 p.m. 

Experience the history and beauty of downtown as knowledgeable guides share the fascinating stories that make up historic Frederick, Maryland. *Tour starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 

Civil War Walking Tour

Length: 90 Minutes | 1st Saturdays (except July 4) at 11:00 a.m.

Explore what it was like to live in Frederick during the Civil War. Stories include the last Confederate invasion of the North, the ransom of Frederick, and the Battle of Monocacy. *Tour starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD

Art & Architecture Walking Tour

Length: 90 minutes | 2nd Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. & 4th Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
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. *Tour starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD

African American History Walking Tour

Length: 90 minutes | 3rd Saturdays: May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 & Sept. 19 at 11:00 a.m.

Learn about some of the county’s outstanding sites, people, and events through a tour of the local African American community’s historical cultural and civic center. *Tours start at the Roger Brooke Taney House, 121 South Bentz Street, Frederick, MD

Drunk & Disorderly: Frederick in the Civil War Walking Tour

Length: 90 minutes | 2nd Saturdays: May 9, June 13, July 11, & Aug. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Explore the chaos that encompassed Frederick during the Civil War. Drunk and Disorderly Frederick shares the stories of drink, bloodshed, and mysterious happenings that occurred in town. *Tour starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD

*Tour recommended for ages 13 and above

Murder & Mayhem Walking Tour

Length: 90 minutes | October, Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

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 starts at the Museum of Frederick County History, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD

*Tour recommended for ages 13 and above

Ticket Reservations

  • Reserved Tickets will be available for pick up at your tour start location.
  • Please pick up your reserved tickets at least 10 minutes prior to your tour start time.
  • Tickets are only confirmed when you receive your confirmation email.
  • To reserve tickets by phone: 301-663-1188 ext.107
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