- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 5, 2000


Frederick's historic district can be reached by taking the Market Street exit off Interstate 270 north and following the signs.


The Tourism Council of Frederick County Inc. is located in the visitors center at 19 E. Church St. in the historic district. Phone: 800/999-3613. Web site: www.visitfrederick.org.


• Visitors can take a walking tour along Church Street to see such sites as the Historical Society Museum and the former law office of Roger B. Taney (former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court) and his brother-in-law Francis Scott Key (author of "The Star-Spangled Banner"). Maps are available in the visitors center and tour guides are available on the weekend.

• Visitors also can take a self-guided driving tour that encompasses the Barbara Fritchie Museum, the Roger B. Taney House and Francis Scott Key Museum, and Mount Olivet Cemetery. Maps are available at the visitors center on East Church Street.


• Baker Park has a summer program called Summerfest Family Theatre, geared especially for children. Upcoming events include "The Wacky World of Mr. Smith" (Aug. 12), "Mother Goose on the Loose" (Aug. 19) and "Percussion Discussion" (Aug. 26). The programs are free.

• The Frederick Keys, who play at Harry Grove Stadium (on the way to the historic district), have several family attractions scheduled in August. Fireworks are scheduled for the nights of Aug. 18, 19, 25 and 26. On Aug. 21, the Keys will have a "Family Fun Pack" night, for which families can buy four tickets (and get a free hot dog and soda with each) for $20.

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