March 3, 2014

Contact: Elizabeth Scott Shatto, Coordinator, Frederick Historic Sites Consortium
(301) 600-4042


Frederick, MD - Saturday, April 5, 2014 is Frederick County Bell & History Day, which marks the opening of museum season.  Across the county, participating museums and historic sites offer complimentary entry along with special events, activities, and living history programs.

Visit many locations, or just a few, in any order.  Enjoy period demonstrations, living history vignettes, hands-on crafts, refreshments, tours, music, and various bell-themed activities. Featured activities include:

  • Ringing of the Frederick County History Bell, 151 S. East Street, Frederick: Ring the Frederick County History Bell! Everyone present is invited to ring the bell, starting at 10 a.m.  Afterwards, stay to see the exhibits and see the visitor orientation film.
  • The Passport to History program encourages event-goers to collect passport stamps at each location visited.  Participants receive a souvenir bell and a chance for a grand prize.  Passports will be available in early March at the Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East Street in Frederick.
  • Bell & History Handbell Festival - Sunday, April 6, 2014 - Hundreds of bells and chimes will open the new museum season in Frederick County during the Bell & History Handbell Festival on Sunday, April 6 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland. There is no charge, no reservations are necessary, and the public is invited.  The concert will last about an hour. View Handbell Festival Press Release With More Details

Detailed Information

Bell and History Days is hosted by the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium and Tourism Council of Frederick County. Support for Bell and History Day is provided by Frederick County Bank and Plamondon Hospitality Partners. Detailed program information, participating sites, and activities can be found on the Bell & History page.