Museums by Candlelight
Museums by Candlelight
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Museums by Candlelight

A Free Holiday Program For All Ages

Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's remarkable 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 FREE 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.

December 10, 2022


Participating Sites

AARCH Society (Site TBA)

Brunswick Public Library 

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society - Museum of the Iron Worker

Daughters of Charity Archives

Delaplaine Arts Center

Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society - ​Myersville Community Library

Heritage Frederick

Historic Dahlgren Chapel

Historic Steiner House

Maryland Room - C. Burr Artz Public Library

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Rose Hill Manor Park and Museums 

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

South Mountain Heritage Society
The William F. Moran Museum & Foundation

Thurmont Historical Society - Creeger House

Special Programs


AARCH Society of Frederick, MD

Site To Be Announced | 1PM-4PM

Learn about Kwanzaa - an annual African American celebration that celebrates history, values, family, community and culture. Enjoy African drumming and crafts for the kids!


FCPL - Museums by Candlelight

Brunswick Public Library 

915 N. Maple Ave., Brunswick, 301-600-7250 | 10AM-5PM

Visit historical Brunswick through the Myer Kaplon photograph collection, which includes more than 2,200 photos of Brunswick residents and locations taken by Myer Kaplon between 1940-1978. A Brunswick-themed scavenger hunt will be offered for children.


Museums by Candlelight

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society - Museum of the Iron Worker

12607 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, 443-629-8661 | 12PM-5PM

The Museum of the Ironworker and Collier's Log House will be decorated and open for tours. Children can make a pressed tin ornament.


Daughters of Charity MBC

Daughters of Charity Archives 

339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, 301-447-6067 | 10AM-7PM

Explore the student life of St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg with the Daughters of Charity Archives' collection of student scrapbooks. Scrapbooks will be on display with guests having the opportunity to view student writing, poetry, and artwork.


Delaplaine - Museums by Candlelight

Delaplaine Arts Center

40 S. Carroll St., Frederick, 301-698-0656 | 11AM-5PM

Explore the arts center to get inspired. Stop by our Art Cart and make a candle/votive holder craft with a “stained glass” effect. See original art in six galleries. As you meander through the building, notice the historic elements of when the building was a steam-powered flour mill.


Trolley - Snow

Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society - ​Myersville Community Library

8 Harp Place, Myersville,  301-600-8350 | 11AM-4PM

Visit one of the last surviving local trolleys and learn about their influence on winter travel and festivities. Family holiday activities and programs also provided by the Myersville Branch Public Library.


Heritage Frederick 

24 E. Church St., Frederick, 301-663-1188 | 12PM-4PM

Tour our historic house, hear about local history, enjoy music, and explore the winter garden.


Museums by Candlelight - Dahlgren Chapel

Historic Dahlgren Chapel - Central Maryland Heritage League 

Route 40A and Washington Monument Rd., Middletown, 301-371-7090 | 4PM-7PM

Cryptid Christmas by Candlelight will celebrate rich mountain folklore legends with storytelling, music and tours of the historic Dahlgren Chapel. Mystical beasts will come alive in the imagination directly from the pages of Madeleine Dahlgren’s book “South Mountain Magic.” On the edge of the Appalachian forest, these legends have traveled here from around the world by our diverse ancestors and will be passed on to new generations. Dress up as your favorite Cyptid if you wish.


Steiner House MBC

Historic Steiner House

368 W. Patrick St., Frederick | 1PM-5PM

Historic home built by Stephen Steiner in 1807 and an outstanding example of colonial design. Enjoy tours and there will be games for children. Home to the Frederick Woman's Civic Club, Inc. 


Maryland Room - C. Burr Artz Public Library

110 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-600-1368 | 10AM-5PM


Visitors at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

48 E. Patrick St., Frederick, 301-695-1864 | 10AM–5PM

Tour the galleries of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for the special price of pay-what-you-please. Additionally, visitors can find living historians from the Blue and Gray Hospital Association. They will be on hand to give an up close look at the tools of Civil War medical care.


Seton Shrine - Museums by Candlelight

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

339 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, 301-447-6072 | 10AM-7:30PM

Seton Shrine will be hosting a special FREE daytime version of Candlelight Tours: Christmas Saints. While you’re here, visit professional artist, Lauren Muney of Silhouette by Hand, who will be on site and available to cut your silhouette for the bi-weekly Hands-On History program. Purchase tickets to get your silhouette cut here. Availability is limited, so please register ahead of time.


Rose Hill Manor Park in WinterRose Hill Manor Park and Museum

1611 N. Market St., Frederick, 240-315-4563 | 12PM-7PM

Visit us to explore holiday traditions while taking a self-guided tour of the museum facilities. Enjoy special exhibits celebrating Rose Hill's 50th anniversary!


Flowers blooming outside the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum

1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, 301-663-3885 | 12PM-6PM

Open hearth cooking demonstrations, cookies, cider, and crafts. Gift shop will be open for holiday shopping.


South Mountain Heritage Society

3 E. Main St., Burkittsville, 240-818-1610 | 10AM–5PM

Music on the historic pipe organ at the top of each hour.


Moran MBC

The William F. Moran Museum & Foundation 

4246 Old National Pike, Middletown, 240-344-3573 | 12PM-5PM

Bill Moran a local treasure made history in his small shop in Middletown. Come see his historical shop and a collection of his metal work and creative blades. Come a beautiful selection of Damascus and his carbon steel work. Visit the new facility on site where we will continue with Bill's methods of teaching and beyond as we open the W.F. Moran Bladesmith & Artisan Academy.


Thurmont Historical Society - Museums by Candlelight

Thurmont Historical Society - Creeger House

11 N. Church St., Thurmont, 301-271-1860 | 10AM-5PM

Join us at the Thurmont Historical Society for a Christmas from the past! Enjoy a tour of the Creeger House and its various artifacts, kids can participate in coloring activities, and learn about the origins of Christmas.