For Immediate Release
Contact:          Elizabeth Scott Shatto, Frederick County Historic Sites Consortium Coordinator, 301-600-4042
Date:               November 26, 2013


Frederick County Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Museums by Candlelight
A Free Holiday Program for All Ages

Frederick, Maryland - On Saturday December, 14, 2013, the Museums by Candlelight event offers free holiday-themed programs at over 20 museums and historic sites in Frederick County, Maryland. The event features the best of the winter season as it was enjoyed throughout the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors can enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, holiday decorations and historic settings by candlelight as night falls.

The Museums by Candlelight program offers visitors the chance to explore sites by region and to visit as many or few locations as they want on this self-guided tour.  Sites of special interest in 2013 include:

  • South Mountain Area Sites - Museums at Gathland State Park, part of South Mountain State Battlefield, feature two new museum exhibits that opened in May. This is a great opportunity to see the exhibits before the season closes.  This site is located nearby South Mountain Heritage Society, which was the German Reformed Church used as a hospital after the Battle of South Mountain. It now has exhibits and programs on the history of Burkittsville.
  • Monocacy National Battlefield Sites - Gambrill House is the Historic Preservation Training Center headquarters and they last participated in Museums by Candlelight in 2008. This stop pairs nicely with the Thomas House at Monocacy National Battlefield.
  • Catoctin Mountain Sites - Cunningham Falls State Park could not participate last year due to storm damage from Sandy. While in the area, stop by the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, which is in its second year of participation and Catoctin Mountain Park.

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.

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, visit, download the brochure which contains a schematic map (PDF) or the print-friendly program guide (PDF). You are also welcome to stop by the Frederick Visitor Center for an event brochure at 151 South East Street in Frederick, Maryland, or call 301-600-4047 or 800-999-3613 for more details.