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Fast Frederick Facts

Dr. John BaltzellDr. John Baltzell, the physician who built the house, which is the current home to the Historical Society of Frederick County, was the grandnephew of John Thomas and Margaret Schley, the first people to purchase a plot of land in the new city of Frederick Towne.




Dogwood in Bloom in the GardenLocated in the heart of historic downtown Frederick, Maryland, the Museum of Frederick County History is an ideal location to hold your next event. Ample parking is available at the Church Street Parking Deck just half a block away; on-street and weekend parking in the adjacent lot also are available.

David A. Reed Memorial Activities Room
Reed RoomThe Reed Activities Room is located at the rear of the Museum of Frederick County History. It is ideal for small gatherings, conferences, lectures, workshops, and board meetings. The space features ample natural lighting, large projection screen, podium, access to adjacent handicap accessible restrooms, and garden and kitchen access. The Society can provide a limited number of 6’ and 8’ rectangular tables and up to 50 chairs for your use. Audio-visual equipment also can be supplied by arrangement.

Capacity: 10-50 seated; 75 standing
Basic Rental Fee: $75 first hour/$50 each additional hour

Click here for a copy of the Rental Agreement and Rental Guidelines.

Heritage Garden
Our 1820 Federal-style museum building offers a beautiful backdrop for any affair, and we believe that the Heritage Garden is truly one of the finest outdoor venues in the area. It is available for rentals April through October. Surrounded by a brick privacy wall, the garden is a secret downtown oasis. It features period flower and shrub gardens bordered by handsome brick paths, stately trellised arbor, catering shed, and built-in sound system. The garden also includes a native plant garden surrounded by rustic locust and white picket fencing, stone water feature, and masonry benches. It is fully accessible, as are restrooms located in the building adjacent to the garden, and kitchen access is available.

Capacity: 20-80 seated meal service; 110 seated audience; 150 standing (NOTE: total capacity is dependent upon event set-up and use)
Basic Rental Fee: $600 Full Use (2 hrs. set-up/3 hrs. event/1 hr. break down)/$350 Limited Use (1 hr. set-up/1 hr. event/1 hr. break down)

A Backdrop for Your Special Photographs
The Heritage Garden, exterior porch, and balcony also can serve as a backdrop for your special photographs, even if you don’t hold an event here. Click here for information.

Click here for a copy of the Rental Agreement and Rental Guidelines.

Click here for some photographs taken in the Heritage Garden.

The Historical Society does not provide food or foodservice and does not rent large tents. We do permit the use of rented tents in the garden. A limited number of tables and chairs can be provided. Caterers must be approved by the Society and are required to do a walk-through prior to your event.

You are encouraged to stop by and view the facility during regular museum hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.). If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss holding your event here, please contact Duane Doxzen at 301-663-1188 x108 or

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