Museums By Candlelight

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Programs start at 12 noon, unless otherwise noted

Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's splendid past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations.

This is a self-guided event.  Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order.  Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls. 

21 museSchifferstadt misc. 007.jpgums are participating during the 2015 Museums by Candlelight program. All programs begin at noon. Unless otherwise noted in the detailed listings below, the City of Frederick sites will remain open until 7 p.m., while most other sites will conclude programs at 5 p.m.   Please be sure to check the program details for each site.

Participants and details about each location’s Museums by Candlelight program are listed below. For visitor convenience, participants are listed below by the following regions:

Northern Frederick County (Thurmont and Emmitsburg)
Western Frederick County (Middletown Area)
Southern Frederick County (Brunswick, Burkittsville, Monocacy Battlefield area)
City of Frederick

Museums by Candlelight is hosted by the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium with support from Plamondon Hospitality Partners and The Frederick-News Post.

More Information
For more information and a list of participating sites, download the event brochure as a PDF. You are also welcome to stop by the Frederick Visitor Center for an event brochure. The Visitor Center is located at 151 South East Street in Frederick, Maryland, or call 301-600-4047 or 800-999-3613 for more details.

Inclement Weather Policy
Cancellation of Museums by Candlelight will not occur unless the Maryland State Police (MSP) declare that the Snow Emergency Plan is in effect for Frederick County. If this happens, the entire event will be cancelled.  Isolated circumstances can warrant individual museum cancellations.  A power outage, burst pipes, or roads that have not been cleared, may be reasons for a last minute museum cancellation. If in doubt, contact museums individually prior to visiting.

NORTHERN FREDERICK COUNTY (programs close at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
12607 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont

  • Learn about the tradition of Kris Kringling, who danced, sand, and ate from house to house throughout this ironworkers’ village
  • See the circa 1810 Collier's Log House adorned with natural decorations
  • Children are invited to make old-fashioned crafts
  • Sample hot mulled cider and baked treats made with heritage recipes

Cunningham Falls State Park
12704 State Route 806, Thurmont

  • Explore the historic “Isabella” iron furnace, built in 1856
  • View the remnants of the Ironmaster’s Manor House with seasonal decorations

Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum
300B South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg

  • Enjoy guided tours of the museum
  • North Pole fireman Santa will make an appearance
  • Make a donation to Toys for Tots

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg
Extended hours: 10 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

  • Hear Carols by Candlelight, a performance by area church choirs, at 7 p.m.
  • Stroll the Shrine grounds glowing with  800-1000 luminaries on display
  • A take-home holiday craft and refreshments will be available

Thurmont Historical Society                                
11 North Church Street, Thurmont

  • Step inside the Creeger House, the historic home that houses the Society’s research library, offices, archives and displays, beautifully arrayed for the holiday season
  • Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy holiday refreshments

WESTERN FREDERICK COUNTY (program closes at 5 p.m.)
Middletown Valley Historical Society
305 West Main Street, Middletown   

  • Take a tour of the Stone House Museum and Summer Kitchen, open all day
  • Dedicate memorial stones to local volunteers Audrey Boyer and Kathleen Rudesill in the garden
  • Enjoy refreshments in the historic setting              

SOUTHERN FREDERICK COUNTY (programs close at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Brunswick Heritage Museum and C&O Canal NHP Visitor Center      
40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick

  • Enjoy holiday decorations and make a holiday craft

Monocacy National Battlefield 
4460 Baker Valley Road, Frederick

  • View traditional period decorations that will deck the halls of the historic Thomas House
  • Play parlor games
  • Create a special keepsake ornament

South Mountain Heritage Society
3 East Main Street, Burkittsville

  • Take a guided tour of the historic Resurrection Reformed Church, used as a field hospital following the Battle of South Mountain
  • Experience the unique heritage of Burkittsville and enjoy period trimmings and refreshments
  • Children are invited to make a Christmas ornament to take home
  • Enjoy demonstrations of the historic 1862 Pomplitz and Rodewald Pipe Organ every hour

St. Joseph's on Carrollton Manor
5843 Manor Woods Road, Frederick

  • Learn about Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Frederick County history, including our Irish roots, our Catholic heritage, African American craftsmanship and how Carroll's land holdings in Frederick influenced American history and westward expansion.
  • Tour the historic church.

CITY OF FREDERICK (programs close at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Barbara Fritchie House and Museum
154 West Patrick Street, Frederick

  • Learn about Barbara Fritchie, the namesake of John Greenleaf Whitter’s famous poem
  • Meet living historians from the Daughters of the American Revolution in period dress

Frederick Barracks
101 Clarke Place, Frederick

  • Tour this National Historic Site, completed in 1780, which held captured German soldiers during the Revolutionary War
  • Visit with Hessian military living historians as they explain period drills and camp life
  • Enjoy festive luminaries and pause for light refreshments

Bjorlee Museum
101 Clarke Place, Frederick

  • Enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum on the grounds of the Maryland School for the Deaf
  • Sample seasonal refreshments

Maryland Room, C. Burr Artz Public Library
110 East Patrick Street, Frederick
Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • View exhibits of nutcrackers and a display of running model trains
  • Hear holiday music on the harp and flugelhorn (1- 2 p.m.)
  • Chat with local writers, including Bob O'Connor (The Life of Abraham Lincoln as President and The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison) and Jim Rada (Echoes of War Drums and Beyond the Battlefield)

Museum of Frederick County History
24 East Church Street, Frederick        

  • Enjoy the designer holiday trees decorated by local merchants, artists and celebrities as part of the Festival of Trees
  • Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies as well as holiday crafts for kids
  • Santa Claus will visit from 1 to 4 p.m.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine  
48 East Patrick Street, Frederick     Civil War Santa NMCWM.JPG

  • Living historians will portray surgeons of the Union and Confederate armies
  • Docents will be on hand throughout the galleries
  • Live musicians will play period and holiday music
  • Children can make 19th century crafts to take home
  • Civil War Santa Claus will visit the museum

Roger Brooke Taney House
121 South Bentz Street, Frederick

  • Celebrate the holidays in 19th century style
  • Enjoy hearth cooking demonstrations, children’s crafts and seasonal treats

Rose Hill Manor Park and Museum
1611 North Market Street, Frederick

  • See the travelling exhibit, “The World of Jan Brett”
  • Witness a hearth cooking demonstration
  • Enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
1110 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick

  • The 18th century German farmhouse will be adorned in simple yet natural Christmas decorations
  • Create traditional crafts made by German children in Frederick’s early history

Steiner House
368 West Patrick Street, Frederick

  • Experience the historic house, beautifully appointed for the holiday, with a festive model train display and live music
  • Make a craft to take home

Visitation Academy
200 East 2nd Street, Frederick 

  • Enjoy tours of the seasonally decorated campus, including the historic monastery and chapel
  • Take part in period activities, games and dress-up opportunities for children