Welcome to Frederick County

Effortless charm and beauty - a suburban oasis.

Located less than one hour from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the county of Frederick abounds with natural beauty, historic museums, and vibrant downtown districts. With a population of nearly 223,000 residents, Frederick County is home to 6 communities and 12 municipalities

Founded in 1748, Frederick County represents a true crossroads of American history. It has been the site of the French, Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Civil War activities, and the county paints a rich tapestry of American heritage. It has also been home to notable figures including the Star Spangled Banner author, Francis Keys Scott, and Thomas Johnson, Maryland’s first elected governor. Take a stroll through Downtown Frederick’s naturally-renowned, 50-block historic district to admire the diverse architectural styles represented, ranging from federal to art deco. 

What to Love 

  • Rich history and diverse architectural styles 
  • A family-fun day at Adventure Park USA 
  • Connecting with nature at Catoctin State Park
  • Enormous economic growth 

Local Lifestyle 

Since its humble beginnings, Frederick County has become a desirable place to reside and is home to residents from all walks of life and backgrounds. It offers the perfect blend of hip and historic, along with rural and urban, enabling homebuyers to find a community that best suits them. 

One of the main perks of residing in Frederick County is its close proximity to major cities. Frederick County residents don’t have to travel far to reach major cities like Baltimore and D.C., which makes it a popular option for city-commuting professionals or those who prefer suburban living over the busyness of city life.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Many communities in Frederick County consist of quaint, downtown districts, and the city of Frederick is at the top of the list. Explore Downtown Frederick with over 200 speciality shops, galleries, and restaurants to choose from. It also serves as one of the region’s premier arts and entertainment districts, so consider spending an afternoon browsing an art gallery.

Book a reservation at Dutch’s Daughter, an upscale American locale. Open seven days a week, this Frederick restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Monocacy Crossing and Up on Market Street are other popular local restaurants.

Things to Do

With so much to offer, this historic town is an easy and fun place to explore, and the community has something for the whole family. Visitors can hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Maryland’s largest brewery, or tour a battlefield all in one day. 

Be sure to check out the Great Frederick Fair, one of the county’s most cherished traditions. This event takes place in September and invites guests to enjoy the rides, see the sights, and enjoy the food. You may also opt to check out Adventure Park USA for a family-fun day. This park consists of bowling, laser tag, roller coasters, arcades, restaurants, bars, and more.

History buffs can look forward to exploring the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the Francis Scott Keys monument, and the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, all which showcase the county’s fascinating past.

To connect with nature, spend the day at Catoctin State Park. Located in north-central Maryland, this 5,770-acre park maintains 25 miles of hiking trails with difficulty ratings from easy to strenuous. In addition to hiking, visitors can rent a historic wooden cabin or camp under the stars.

Finally, wine connoisseurs can enjoy an afternoon spent at Linganore Winery, first established in 1972. Over the past 45 years, this winery prides themselves on offering award-winning wine produced by fertile soils, abundant sunshine, and skilled winemakers.


Frederick is served by the Frederick County Public Schools and is home to a number of top-notch schools, including both private and private options. Best schools include: 

  • Urbana High School
  • Oakdale High School
  • Linganore High School

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