Museums By Candlelight
A FREE holiday program for all ages
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Programs start at 12 noon
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.
Click on each museum or historic site name below for details about that location’s Museums by Candlelight program, or download the printer-friendly program guide for the complete list.
Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's grand past. Special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations. Rose Hill Manor will be celebrating the museum’s 40th anniversary during Museums by Candlelight. Some locations are linked to the Civil War, and in 2012 many locations will include Civil War Sesquicentennial programming, such as:
- South Mountain Heritage Society, where displays relating to the history of the Burkittsville area will include information on the 1862 use of the building as a hospital for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Crampton’s Gap.
- The Visitation Academy, where visitors will learn about the Academy being used as General Hospital #5 during the Civil War in September 1862 after receiving the first casualties from the Battle of Antietam.
- National Museum of Civil War Medicine, where participants will meet with soldiers, citizens and Santa Clause as they appeared during the 1860’s.
- At the Hessian Barracks, learn about the this site’s history as the only remaining structure from US Army General Hospital #1 which served during the Civil War (1861-1865).
Sites new to the program in 2012 include:
- Barbara Fritchie House and Museum has informally participated in previous years, but is fully participating in this program as a member of the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium in 2012.
- Thomas House at Monocacy National Battlefield, a stately 18th-century brick manor house, is not typically open to the public, but is participating in Museums by Candlelight this year. The building was likely constructed by a Scottish merchant named James Marshall and was occupied by Christian Keefer Thomas during the Battle of Monocacy. Although it has been significantly altered over the past two centuries, it is in remarkably good condition and features a number of important 18th- and 19th-century architectural details. The recently restored structure now houses administrative offices for the battlefield staff.
- Catoctin Furnace Historical Society will be open and visitors may see the ca. 1810 Collier's Log House in the Village of Catoctin Furnace. The double log house, which is the linchpin of the largely intact colonial industrial village, was restored during the bicentennial era. The program here will focus on the early industry, lifeways and foodways of Catoctin Furnace, and northern Frederick County in an early nineteenth century atmosphere.
All programs begin at noon. Unless otherwise noted in the detailed listings online, 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.
Hosted by the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium.
Sponsored by the Tourism Council of Frederick County and Plamondon Hospitality Partners.
For more information and a list of participating sites, download the print-friendly program guide or stop by the Frederick Visitor Center at 151 South East Street in Frederick, Maryland, or call 301-600-4047 or 800-999-3613.
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