Sat, Oct 4 2003 - City Hike in Frederick, MD (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Amy Pickwick, Colin Babb, Katherine McColl, Michelle Williams, Brian Loughery, Adam Miller, Juanita Miranda, Aaron Firoved, Rebecca Firoved, Paul Apostoledes, Joe Granados, Laura Loughery|
Saturday morning, I received about a dozen phone calls/e-mails about the light-rainy weather. Yes, the gentle storms were moving through the area again, but I was still in the mindset, that at 10 o'clock, luck would be on our side. It is always optional for people to show up when the weather is so iffy.
But, about half the group still showed up, dispite the weather. At 10 AM, pretty much on the nose, the rain stopped, but the cold temperatures continued (until we got walking). After we gathered up a couple of people from a similarly street-named corner a couple blocks over, we started the city hike.
First, we walked about a mile to Schifferstadt. Named by Joseph Brunner after his childhood home new Mannheim, Germany, Shifferstadt stands on its original site in Frederick. Joseph and his wife arrived in Philadelphia around 1729. In 1746 he purchased 303 acres of a tract known as 'Tasker's Chance' from Daniel Dulany. Schifferstadt, the oldest known house in Frederick still standing, was completed in 1756.
Second, we walked about a mile back down to the downtown area of Frederick, and along the way crossed a covered bridge in Baker Park, walked around the Culler Lake- Mark being our 'tour guide' as a joke, and chasing the ducks. We walked the 'swinging bridge' and followed Carroll Creek down and over to stop #3.
Barbara Fritchie became a legendary heroine for her reputed defiance of the Confederate troops, under Stonewall Jackson, as they marched through Frederick on September 6, 1862. As they advanced past her downtown Frederick home, the elderly woman waved the Stars & Stripes from an upper window of her home. Her words later became part of a John Greenleaf Whittier poem from the Civil War. 'Shoot if you must, this old gray head, but spare your country's flag.'
Lunch! We had several places to choose from and everyone wanted to stick together- so we went to one of my old favorite hot spots! Wag's! Eight steps below the competition- Wag's is situated basement level on Frederick's South Market Street. A name among longtime Frederickians, they serve subs, sandwiches, and their signature burgers. A few MOCers also couldn't resist the temptation to drink alcohol during the city hike, while at lunch. What am I going to do with these guys? ;)
We all got a laugh out of the bathroom situation - the names on each door were incorrect, but if you followed the pointing hand on each sign, apparently it was to point you to the correct door - the Pointers & the Setters.
Just after lunch, we walked by some of the In The Street celebration (mentioned later), watching a charity raise money by giving people the chance to bang up a car (12 hits with the mallot for $5). That sure entertained us for a bit.
Next, we moved on, about a mile up a slight upgrade, to Mt. Olivet Cemetery (circa 1852). It is perhaps the most well known for being the final resting place of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-Spangled Banner. (Hence FSK Mall, and the Frederick 'Keys' minor league baseball team). Here you will also find other memorials paying tribute to Barbara Fritchie, Thomas Johnson (first Gov. of MD), and a tomb of the unknown from the battle of Monocacy, Civil War era.
On our way to stop #7, we breezed through the Maryland School for the Deaf campus, so we could take a look at the Hessian Barracks. Built in 1777, the Hessian Barracks served as a Revolutionary War prison, the staging point for Lewis and Clarke's expedition, a State Armory in 1812, and a Civil War general hospital.
Next was most everyone's favorite stop on the tour- The Community Bridge Mural. The Community Bridge Mural transformed a plain concrete bridge into a stunning illusion of an old stone bridge. Artist William Cochran and his assistants painted the entire str
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