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Presidential Playground - Beyond Camp David

Presidential Playground - Beyond Camp David

Two Days / One Night

Because of its proximity to Washington, DC, the presence of the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains, and its association with important political figures, Frederick County, Maryland has been witness to many encounters with American presidents. On this tour, participants will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the nation's chief executives.

Day One

Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums
Once the home of Maryland's first elected governor, Thomas Johnson, Rose Hill Manor was visited by Johnson's close friend George Washington. While serving in the First Continental Congress, Johnson nominated George Washington as commander of the Continental Army. Rose Hill Manor is available for guided tours and is a fantastic "touch and feel" museum.

Downtown Frederick
Follow in the footsteps of Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and visit the quaint shops in downtown Frederick.

Brewer’s Alley Restaurant
Now known as Brewer's Alley Restaurant, the old Frederick Opera House was once the primary gathering place of the community. This location has hosted speeches by presidents and presidential candidates, including William H. Taft in 1911 and William Jennings Bryan in 1913 and 1921. One of the most rousing occasions was a fiery speech delivered by Teddy Roosevelt on October 25, 1900, just days before he was to be elected William McKinley's Vice President. The Opera House today is operated as Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery, an excellent choice for lunch, dinner or a spot of ale.

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 Two

Roger Brooke Taney House
As Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1836-1864, Roger Brooke Taney inaugurated seven American Presidents, from Van Buren to Lincoln. Taney also served as Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War in the cabinet of Andrew Jackson. He owned this house in Frederick from 1815 to 1823, while he was establishing his reputation as one of the leading lawyers in Maryland.

Mountain Gate Family Restaurant
Located a few miles from Camp David, the town of Thurmont has experienced executive encounters with every president since FDR for dining, shopping, golf and Sunday worship. Enjoy a delicious meal at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant.

For further information, please contact:
Becky Bickerton, Director of Sales & Marketing, (800) 999-3613 or 301-600-4050 or e-mail at bbickerton@fredco-md.net