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

Schifferstadt is closed throughout the winter for drop-in tours until Aprill 11, 2015.

Tours of Schifferstadt Architectural Museum can be arranged by appointment.

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 or check our blog to make sure we are here! 301-663-3885, or <>

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

visit and follow our blog.


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 and plants from local vendors will be for sale. Crafts and refreshments also available. The Youth Handbell Choir from St. John's Regional Catholic School will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to ring in the new tourist season.

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 has been chosen as our 2015 Poster and Tour booklet cover art. Chris painted this scene, titled " Sycamore Morning", during last year's Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-out.


The 9th Annual Barnstormer's Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out will take place on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

The barns of the Sugarloaf Mountain Region will be featured during the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation 9th Annual Barnstormer's Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out. The event will take 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 will feature eight 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 will 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 will be sold beginning about three weeks before the tour at the Frederick Visitor's Center located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Tickets price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.

Tickets will also be available at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave, Frederick. Call MelanieGettier in advance. 301-668-6088.

Ticket/guidebooks are also sold on the day of the tour beginning at 10 a.m. at each farm on the tour and at tour headquarters. (Headquarters location to be disclosed later)

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.

JB Seafood of Middletown will be set up all day at the host farm to sell delicious sandwiches, food platters, and drinks.

The top three prize winners in 2014 were:

Ann Gibson Snyder, Middletown- First Place

Meg Walsh, Baltimore- Second Place

Mick Williams, Third Place

You can volunteer! If you would like to help at the 2015 Barnstormers Tour And Paint-Out, or act as a barn docent, or wish to volunteer your help in any way, contact Melanie Gettier at the Landmarks office at 301-688-6088, or email

Barnstormers Tour 2015 welcomes back the old-time foot-stompin' music of the

Main Line Gravy Soppers! They will entertain from 5-7 p.m. during the evening reception. Admission to the music and art show is free and open to 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 7, 2014
Frontier Day focuses on the French And Indian War, and what life was like for the

people who lived at Schifferstadt in the 1700s.

We invite visitors to step into Western Maryland frontier life during the
French and Indian War period. Elias Brunner, builder of Schifferstadt in
1758, served as a sergeant in a local German militia company during this

Frontier Day will feature German colonial reenactors, Eastern Woodlands
tribal members, and frontier trades persons, including a rifleman (who can
lead a "muster" during the event), blacksmith, flax spinner and
candlemaker. Farm animals will also be present on the Schifferstadt

In conjunction with the Frederick Landmarks Lecture Series, Frontier Day
will include four speakers. Also, tours of the house and garden
will be available to visitors.




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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.