Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, (referred to as FCLF) a private
non-profit organization, promotes 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 also shares the
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. FCLF also organizes the Landmarks Historical Plaques Program.
We sustain ourselves from proceeds generated at our events, memberships, and generous donations from people like you. We welcome event sponsors.
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 over 250 years, Schifferstadt is on the National Register of Historic Places, and, as of January 11, 2017, has been designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) by the Secretary of the Interior.
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1110 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, Md 21701
Melanie Gettier, CTA, - FCLF Administrator
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, built 1758
After being closed for the winter months, the Museum will open on April 8th for Bell & History Day and to start the tour season. We will be open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays after that from 1pm - 4pm. We do try to accommodate tours by appointment on weekdays.
We are operated by VOLUNTEER POWER! Occasionally during the tour season we might have to close unexpectedly. Call first to make sure the Museum is open before you plan your trip.
Are you interested in supporting us? Touring? Membership? Contact us -
Our office is staffed part-time Tuesday through Friday 301-668-6088.
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 - and new events!
Click the links below for information.
The Beatty-Cramer House is a unique and special historical structure.
It currently is not available for tours. If you are interested in writing grants or helping to raise funds for repairs, email us info@FrederickLandmarks.org.
(dating from 1732)
Liberty Road (Route 26),
Bell and History Day
Schifferstadt opens its doors as an National Historic Landmark on Saturday, April 8, 2017 with this celebration. It runs 12pm - 4pm. Bell & History Day is a day when many local museums and historic houses open to the public after being closed during the winter.
The event is no longer sponsored by the Historic Sites Consortium as it was in the past but many local museums will still celebrate the event. We will list participating sites and museums here soon. (Check back soon.) Come tour Schifferstadt and learn about Frederick history.
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ANNUAL BARNSTORMERS TOUR
This beautiful plein air oil painting by Jen Ludke was chosen as the artwork for the 2017 Barnstormers Poster and Tour booklet cover art. Jen has painted in many of the previous Barnstormers events. Congratulations, Jen!
The Barnstormers 11th Anniversary Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017
The Barns Of Linganore Valley
Nine barns in the rolling hills of Eastern Frederick County will be featured during the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation 11th Annual Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out. The event will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017.
There will be an afternoon art show and sale at the host farm, plus beautiful music!
During the tour visitors can watch artists paint at the barns. Later, a juried art exhibit featuring the beautiful new plein air paintings, pastels, and drawings. All the art created that morning will be offered for sale during the afternoon exhibit. This will be a great chance to purchase a fresh new painting straight off of the easel! The afternoon art show and music at the host farm is is free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds from art sales benefits the projects of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.
We look forward to the June 10, 2017 Barnstormers Tour!
This popular annual, self-guided tour calls attention to these beautiful old structures and their importance to our agricultural heritage. The tour provides a rare opportunity to gain access to some of our most scenic and private farm properties.
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 each farm featured on the tour. 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, handmade products, joinery, and quilting..
Good things to know:
1. You can volunteer for the 2017 Barnstormers Tour. The event is on June 10, 2017. We are looking for planners, barn docents (we will train you) - and there are many other ways to help at this fun and popular event. Contact Melanie Gettier, 301-668-6088, or email@example.com
2. Ticket/guidebooks with map will be sold about two weeks in advance of the tour 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 are free.
3. Tickets will also be sold at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Call ahead before stopping by 301-663-3885, or come between 1pm - 4pm on weekends leading up to the event. On the day of the tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m., tickets will only be sold at the "Host" Farm. (More info. will be available closer to event date.)
4. A list of farm addresses is not posted prior to ticket availability. The farms are only open to tour-goers on the day of the event. The host farm location will be announced at a later date.
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. watched while Deborah Lovelace Richardson painted his barn. The "Historic Barns Of Maryland" documentary produced by Jonathan Slade premiered to a large audience and has repeated on the MPT channel many times.
Frontier Day at Schifferstadt
June 17, 2017
Visitors will step into frontier life during the French and Indian War period at
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum during the 4th annual Frontier Day. The day starts at 11am and goes until 4pm. Colonial re-enactors, frontier trades persons - including
riflemen, a blacksmith, and other interpreters in colonial frontier period clothing are featured during this edcational event. Visitors enjoy tours of the house and the Heritage Garden and other activities. In addition to colonial presenters and interpreters, native plants are for sale so visitors can start their own "heritage garden".
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 about this event and how you can help in 2017, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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