In 2011 I spent my Independence Day weekend with my family in Fredrick, Maryland, where we celebrated my cousin Mitch and his bride Lauren's wedding. Fredrick is located in the north-central of Maryland and is home to approximately 65,000 residents, which make it the second largest city in the state behind Baltimore. One of the most unique things about Frederick is the location. The city literally is an hour drive, or less, from the Atlantic Ocean, Washington DC, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
As a lifetime Michigan resident who is used to wide-open spaces, I had little perspective about how condensed the east-coast actually is until I traveled through it. I thought it was really neat how, even hundreds of years after the fact, the establishment of our thirteen original colonies is still very much alive.
That history is no more apparent than in the original buildings and landmarks that still stand; the colonial influence is a part of many historical aspects of life. From the beautiful churches to the compact housing that runs along cobblestone walkways, it's a throwback that highlights the early years of our great country dating back to the mid 18th century.
Frederick in particular is one of the oldest cities in America. It was originally settled in 1745; 31 years prior to the declaration of our independence in 1776.
This region has been home to some of the most significant events in our country's history. The wars fought and the decisions made have helped shape the last 250 years of life in this great land. I couldn't help but think about how I was walking the same grounds that British and American soldiers did during the Revolutionary War, or how some of the most historic battles of the Civil War were fought just miles away.
Furthermore, this area was home to many of our country's founding forefathers and the work they did to preserve our future with things such as the drafting and signing of the Deceleration of Independence & Bill of Rights.
Coming from someone who tries his best to appreciate history, it was an incredibly awesome feeling to attempt to grasp the true gravity of what this part of America is all about.
And no better time to have done it than over the Fourth of July weekend!
Here are some photos from the colonial district of Frederick...