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About the Frederick and Baltimore-Washington Area

Hood College students are able to take advantage of the many opportunities offered in Frederick, Md., considered one of America's great small cities for its quality of life and historical ambience. The city of 50,000 is the seat of government of Frederick County, the largest of Maryland's counties, and is nestled among spectacular mountains, rolling farmlands and rivers.

Established as a frontier town by English and German settlers in 1745, Fredericktowne, as it was first known, served wagon train parties crossing the as-yet unexplored Allegheny Mountains. The city's location along the National Pike (U.S. Route 40 / Patrick Street), was an important factor in its immediate financial success. This is evidenced throughout Frederick's outstanding 33-block historic district, which is nationally renowned for its wonderful examples of 18th-, 19th- and early-20th century architecture. During the Civil War, local officials saved Frederick's downtown from being put to the torch by responding to the demand of Confederate officers that a $200,000 ransom be paid. Modern-day city officials and civic leaders have continued the preservation of the 250-year old city center through judicious regulation.

Today, the historic district serves as a spectacular setting for thriving commerce and culture. You'll quickly discover that hundreds of our 19th- and early-20th-century commercial buildings house specialty stores, antique shops and fine restaurants. Throughout the year, the historic district is the site of regionally renowned special events hosted by the City of Frederick. It is also the home to such facilities as the Weinberg Center for the Arts and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, where performance arts and fine arts exhibits are featured throughout the year.

Frederick's historical sites, shopping outlets and dining establishments have made it a popular destination for residents in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas. Frederick County's many state and municipal parks offer places to camp, hike, boat, swim, bicycle, picnic and play tennis. For information on these and other Frederick County attractions, stop by the Visitor Center at 19 East Church St., or call (800) 999-3613. The Visitor Center is located across the street from Winchester Hall, Hood's former home prior to construction of the Rosemont Avenue campus. Click here to visit the Frederick Tourism website.

Residency in Frederick will also offer you the opportunity to take in the thousands of cultural and educational opportunities available in nearby Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, complementing the many academic and social experiences you'll enjoy at Hood College.