Sat, Oct 1 2005 - City Hike in Frederick, MD (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Ian Wright, Carmen Knight, Martin J. San Juan, Ricardo Bulala, Matthew Sommer, Kate Copanic, Maren Smith, Alice Chan, Veronique PASCAL, Valery Combes, Sarah Andrews, susan giller, Amy Pickwick, Terrence Brann, Ruwan Alwis, Tracey Wagner|
At 10 AM, we met under gorgeous October skies, in the middle of Baker Park in downtown Frederick, MD. We did group introductions and then 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. 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.'
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.
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 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.
Our group dwindled down to 13 for the final couple of stops, that lasted maybe 45 minutes to an hour.
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.
The next stop is typically my most favorite stop on the tour, The Community Bridge Mural, however it was fenced off due to construction. 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 structure by hand, using advanced trompe l'oeil ('deceive the eye') techniques. There are mysterious carvings 'painted' onto the stones, images too numerous to count. They represent symbols and stories contributed by thousands of people from all over the community, across the country, and around the world. As, I noted in the guide, you will also find other work from Cochran throughout Frederick during the city hike - the last remaining participants did manage to spot all three.
To finish out the 'city hike' portion of the event, we walked only a couple more blocks to Everedy Square/Shab Row. Once there, we breezed through Flights of Fancy. There are a ton of stores here, and I always recommend you go back down and spend a longer period of time
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