Frederick, Maryland is a city in Frederick County, of which it is the county seat. The total population of 57,009 makes it the fourth largest city in Maryland. Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Baltimore all have larger populations; Baltimore having the largest in the state. Frederick is the resting place of the author Francis Scott Key, and of Barbara Fritchie, who was immortalized along with the town in the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. Frederick has a bridge covered with a mural called the "Community Bridge".
Thousands of people sent ideas representing community that appear throughout the stonework of the bridge. Frederick is home to the Museum of Civil War Medicine, U.S. Army Fort Detrick, Hood College, and the Maryland School for the Deaf. Important Civil War locations in Frederick are the Barbara Fritchie house and the nearby Monocacy Battlefield. President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in Frederick during the Civil War. The speech is commemorated by a plaque.
Cumberland is one of the richest cities in Maryland, in terms of good values, history, tradition and the state of mind. By 1880, Cumberland had become a thriving community and became known as the "Queen City", the second largest city in the State of Maryland. Today, Cumberland is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Perched gently in the city's mainstream, is historic downtown. Dozens of shops from boutiques to art galleries, restaurants to sidewalk cafes, line the century old streets. The Western Maryland Railway Station stylizing the epitome of steam locomotive travel. The Station is part of the Canal Place Heritage Area, the first in the State of Maryland.
While at the Heritage Area, visitors can ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, tour a full-scale replica canal boat, visit the C&O Canal National Historical Park Cumberland Visitor Center, get information about attractions and events in Allegany County, enjoy a hike or bike ride on the canal towpath, or attend unique festivals and events like C&O CanalFest. Canal Place offers a wealth of activities for visitors and residents alike.
The revitalization of the downtown area has resulted in "The Downtown Cumberland Mall," that has a design emphasizing the unique character and traditional architectural qualities of Cumberland. The attractive open mall areas, beautiful fountains and parks provide a pleasant environment. Baltimore Street is the heart of the business district and now the site of a unique brick pedestrian streetscape and town center complete with enticing water fountains, trees and flower beds, and stunning architecture. Baltimore Street hosts some of the city's biggest sidewalk festivals and block parties.
Come to Cumberland and enjoy the down to earth home town feeling. The stores, shops, and people welcome you by the warmth and friendliness that characterizes Downtown Cumberland.
Whether it's Frederick or Cumberland, a visit to the state of Maryland is something you won't want to miss!