Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, (referred to as FCLF) a private
non-profit organization, pursues the preservation of historic sites,
structures, natural landmarks and communities of Frederick County,
Maryland, and strives to increase knowledge and appreciation of them. To
further its educational mission, FCLF not only holds special events that
provide the public with a window to Frederick’s historic past, but promotes
knowledge of other historical places in Frederick.

FCLF owns and operates Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, which is its
main landmark and is the location of the FCLF office. FCLF has additional
historic properties: the Beatty-Cramer House, and the Zion Church and
Cemetery. FCLF includes under its umbrella, the Frederick County Covered
Bridge Preservation Society and the Frederick Sister Cities Association.

Learn about tax credits and other government programs and policies related to historic preservation in our Technical Assistance section; see examples of endangered sites in Frederick County and read stories of their preservation or loss; visit homes and other buildings that have received FCLF recognition for their architectural preservation. Learn about our Preserve Frederick program that finds new owners to love and restore old buildings.

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
A Frederick Landmark for 250 Years!

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Frederick County Landmarks Foundation

1110 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, Md 21701

Melanie Gettier, FCLF Administrator




Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, built 1758

Meander through our Heritage Garden daily anytime before dusk.

Tours of Schifferstadt Architectural Museum can be arranged by appointment.

Tours are available Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Contact us at 301-668-6088, or

We are operated by VOLUNTEER POWER!

We do our best for the museum to be open as scheduled, but once in a while
we have to close due to reduced volunteer availability. If you plan a
visit, call to make sure we are here! 301-663-3885.

To see more up-to-date information about our museum and upcoming events,

visit and follow our blog.

For more information about the Frederick Sister Cities Association, visit this site.



Annual Events
Click the links below for information.







Beatty-Cramer House
(dating from 1732)

9010 Liberty Road (Route 26),
Frederick, Md


bell and history
Bell and History Day
,  April 11, 2015. This county-wide event kicks off the tourist season and begins with bells ringing throughout the county. Schifferstadt opens it's doors for tours.

We are excited to present a special exhibit and demonstration about bells on Bell & History Day, April 11. In addition to tours and learning about the Brunners (the early German settlers who built Schifferstadt), ceramic bells by local, award-winning artist, Cameron Petke, will be on display. The finishing techniques used mimic the qualities of baked earth and stone quarry walls. Schifferstadt becomes a harmonizing backdrop to the raw and unglazed ceramic surfaces of these magnificent historical symbols. The artist will be demonstrating throughout the day on his wheel. Come explore the significance of bells in our history and the way this artist is creating them today. Hours, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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chive blossom

boy shingle
flax spoon



This beautiful plein air oil painting by Christopher D. Madden was chosen as our 2015 Poster and Tour booklet cover art. Chris painted this scene, titled " Sycamore Morning", during the 2014 Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-out.


Planning has begun for Barnstormers 10th Anniversary Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out which will take place on Saturday, June 11th, 2016

More details to come!

The barns of the scenic Sugarloaf Mountain Region were featured during the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation 9th Annual Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out. The event took place on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

This popular annual self-guided tour calls attention to these beautiful old structures and their importance to our agricultural heritage. The tour provided a rare opportunity to gain access to some of our most scenic and private farm properties. The 2015 tour featured nine barns on the farms in the beautiful foothills of the majestic Sugarloaf Mountain.

This event has three components, a ticketed barn tour, an art show/sale, and various educational demos and displays. Tickets (guide books with map) are $15 dollars per adult. Children 16 and under are free. Using the map, tour-goers may drive their vehicles to as many of the farm locations as they wish to visit. The farms are only open to visitors on that day. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trained barn docents greet visitors at each barn. Some of the barns may feature extra educational displays such as blacksmithing, antique farm tools, draft horses, handmade products, joinery, and hand-hewing.

Ticket/guidebooks with map are sold in advance at the Frederick Visitor's Center located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Ticket price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.

Tickets are also available at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick. Call Melanie Gettier in advance. 301-668-6088.

On the day of the tour, beginning at 10 a.m., tickets will be sold at Tour headquarters. No credit cards, please. ( Location for 2016 to be announced.)

During the tour you may watch artists paint at the barns. Later, from 5-7 p.m., a juried art exhibit and reception will feature the beautiful new plein air paintings, drawings, and and hand-pulled prints. All the art created will be offered for sale during the evening exhibit.  A portion of the proceeds from art sales will benefit the projects of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.

You can volunteer! If you would like to help at the 2016 Barnstormers Tour And Paint-Out, or act as a barn docent, or wish to volunteer your help in any way, contact Harry Richardson, phone 301-865-5863, or email

Delicious sandwiches, platters and sodas and snow cones will be sold at the host farm on the day of the event. You may purchase your lunch or dinner, or just a snack. (Location for 2016 to be announced.)

Barnstormers Tour 2016 10th Anniversary Tour welcomes back the old-time foot-stompin' music of the Main Line Gravy Soppers! They will entertain beginning at 5 p.m. until about 7 p.m. on June 11 during the the art show and sale at the Host Farm. Admission to the music and art show is free and open to the tour-goers and the public.

The Main Line Gravy Soppers are an old time string band featuring Rebecca Adams on clawhammer banjo, vocals, and dance board; Jeffrey Adams on guitar; Jason Miller on fiddle, vocals, and banjo, and Jason's son, Johann Miller on stand-up bass and vocals. Their songs range from fast raucous vaudeville numbers to haunting old fiddle tunes, always telling a story. Rebecca, Jeff, and Johann create a driving rhythm while fiddler Jason gets the crowd jumping out of their boots. This combination of music and G-rated rowdiness makes a big time for all listening. The Main Line Gravy Soppers are quickly becoming favorites at local venues in Frederick County, Maryland and Loudon County, Virginia where they delight folks of all ages.


Barnstormers Tour featured in MPT "Outdoors Maryland" documentary!

Maryland Public Television featured several barns and interviews from our 2011 Barnstormers Tour. Below is the program cover for March 2012. Barn owner Skip Lewis of Woodsboro, Md. watches while Deborah Lovelace Richardson paints his barn.  The new "Historic Barns Of Maryland" documentary produced by Jonathan Slade premiered to a large audience on February 29, 2012 and has repeated on the MPT channel many times.. Check your MPT show schedule for current times.



Frontier Day At Schifferstadt, June 20, 2015  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Step into frontier life during the French and Indian War period at
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum. The second annual Frontier Day will
feature German colonial re-enactors, frontier trades persons - including
riflemen, a blacksmith, and other interpreters in colonial frontier period
costume. Farm animals will be present on the Schifferstadt grounds, located
at 1110 Rosemont Ave. Frederick, MD. Tours of the house and garden will
be available. In addition to colonial presenters and interpreters, native plants will be
sold. Food is available as well! Sponsored by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Frontier Day is an educational, free event showing how early settlers lived

near Fredericktown and the Maryland backcountry of the 1750's. For more information email us at





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For other great things to see and do in Frederick County, and for more information about countywide celebrations of Bell and History Days and Museums by Candlelight, click here.