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Grotto of Lourdes
Saints & Sinners Tour

Saints & Sinners Tour

Three Days / Two Nights

From “Saintly” Elizabeth Ann Seton to the notorious Blazes Still, Frederick County is rife with do-gooders and some not-so-do-gooders!

Day One

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Tour the home of the first American born Saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. Self-guided and docent lead tours of the grounds include a video presentation depicting Elizabeth Seton's life and accomplishments, the original 1770's farmhouse and the colonial style and the beautiful basilica dedicated to her memory.

National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes
The National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes is the oldest replica of The Grotto of Lourdes in the Western Hemisphere. Nestled in the glorious foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, the grotto is a peaceful place to relax.

Catoctin Mountain Park
In Catoctin Mountain Park, relief from the Great Depression took several interesting twists and turns in the late 1920's and early 1930's. In 1929 the Blue Blazes Still was raided by the Frederick County Sheriff's office, resulting in one of the first line of duty deaths of a Frederick County deputy sheriff. Today the Blue Blazes Still serves as a reminder of the past and is a 0.25-mile walk from the Catoctin Mountain Park visitor center.

Just a few years after the raid, a second tragedy occurred in Catoctin Mountain. On October 31, 1933, Bessie Darling was murdered. A love affair gone wrong produced the tragic results; thirst from a Depression era community struggling with hard times and the daily grind of living produced sensational headlines.

Day Two

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Tour the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to hear about the story of care and treatment of the wounded during the Civil War. 7,000 square feet of life-like exhibits tell the story of courage and devotion amidst the death and destruction of war. 

Weinberg Center for the Arts
This restored 1926 Art Deco movie palace features year-round performances. Originally opened as the Tivoli Theatre to show silent movies, the building features a Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Day Three

Covered Bridges
Frederick County is home to three historic covered bridges. The Utica Mills, Loy’s Station, and Roddy Road covered bridges all cross streams in northern Frederick County. Besides their beauty, the bridges are also structurally interesting, as all three have different truss systems.

Walkersville Southern Railroad
Walkersville Southern Railroad departs from Walkersville station, a small turn-of-the-century station built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in the late 1800's. Enjoy the views as the train rolls past a 100 year old lime kiln, working farms, wooded areas and rolling countryside. Themed train rides and dinner trains are among the unique train experience on Walkersville Southern Railroad.

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