While the Barbara Fritchie House has long been a staple tourist draw for the City of Frederick, it had seen better days and was difficult to access on foot. Now with the opening of the connecting greenway and promenade along Carroll Creek (links Downtown Frederick with Baker Park), approaching the Barbara Fritchie House on foot is very pleasant, scenic and historic. There are new Historic Markers explaining the events around the famed "alleged" protest by a 95 year old Barbara Fritchie to Confederate General Stonewall Jackson on his Sept. 10, 1862, march through the streets of Frederick, days before the Battle of Antietam. And in a little grove of trees, on the opposite side of the creek, another memorial marker to an 1775 meeting at a nearby tavern of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and General Edward Braddock, planning the ill-fated attack on Fort Duquesne (present-day Pittsburgh) at the start of the French and Indian War. Seeing these historic sites from the creekside perspective allows you to literally step back in time! Worth an afternoon's excursion if you are in the Frederick City area.
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