Frederick: North Market Street

North Market Street (State Highway 355), Frederick, MD 21701

Frederick: North Market Street

History: On June 28, 1863, General John F. Reynolds rode into Frederick to visit his cousin Catherine and her sisters near the intersection of North Market and Second Streets. Catherine was thrilled to see him, and is quoted as having said, "When we heard the Army of the Potomac was really coming my first and constant thought was, 'now I shall see Cousin J.'" Sadly, that Sunday afternoon was the last time the cousins would meet. General John F. Reynolds was killed on the first day of fighting at Gettysburg. A year later, Confederates returned here as General Jubal A. Early forced the city of Frederick to ransom itself for $200,000. Local banks provided the ransom money which was paid here at the former City Hall on July 9, 1864.

More to Explore: Frederick is a bustling city with a quaint downtown that offers something for everyone. Its popular Arts & Entertainment District offers much in the way of galleries and theater, and the downtown area boasts dining options to please any palate, as well as shopping, antiques, lodging, and parks. Frederick County also acts as home for three of Maryland's six remaining covered bridges, and driving tours with a visit to each are popular among visitors to the area. If planning a visit to Frederick in the spring, don't miss Bell & History Day. To celebrate the opening of museum season in Frederick County, participating museums and historic sites around the area offer free admission and special events.

Photo Credits:

  1. "Drawing of the destruction of the R.R. bridge, over the Monocacy River near Frederick, Md. This print displays the importance of Frederick as a hub for resupply, which both sides protected, but also destroyed in order to disable an opposing advantage." Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.