On Saturday, a couple friends and I had a great time downtown, participating in Bell & History Days, the celebration of the opening of the museums in town. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about this event in time to let you know about it, but it was a lot of fun, wandering around town and the museums all had free admission. This event was a great opportunity to visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, a definite tourist destination in our city.
Speaking of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, I found this cool website for people who are looking for information on places to visit to study Civil War history in Frederick.
Northern and Southern armies passed through this interesting and still evocative city on their way to Antietam in 1862; and parts of the Union army went north through here on the way to Gettysburg in 1863. Confederate Gen. Jubal Early demanded (and got) a $200,000 ransom here before fighting near the Monocacy River just south. The influx of wounded to the city following the big battles makes it a natural location for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine listed below.
While roaming the streets of Frederick on Saturday, I noticed that the old location for Flowers by Jim at the corner of East St. and E. Patrick St. is being renovated and has an “Opening April 14th” sign on the window. I looked in the windows and could see a lot of tables and chairs in there, but no indication of what it is going to be. Does anyone have the scoop? Here is a picture of the building.
By the way, Flowers by Jim is still in business. I noticed they are now located further west on E. Patrick, in a store located down an alley behind the main businesses near the street.