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From those humble beginnings of working out of a small print shop in downtown Frederick to today with our current facility, the staff of the Frederick News-Post has chronicled that first draft of Frederick history. Today, in the midst of Frederick's 275th anniversary, this edition of Hello Frederick brings you what some might consider some lesser known bits of local history. Stories about famous faces, dates and places here but ones that might not be as well-known but are nonetheless important accounts of the fabric of Frederick County. 







More faces, places and dates in Frederick's history

Lester Bowie, once called the most important trumpeter of the late 20th century, was born in Frederick in 1941. After serving in the Air Force, Bowie moved to Chicago where he was a popular member of the jazz scene for more than three decades. He died in 1999.

Dr. Ulysses Grant Bourne, the first African-American physician in Frederick, was unable to practice medicine at the original Frederick City Hospital so he founded a 15-bed hospital that was open to whites and blacks at 173 W. All Saints Street.

The political career of Roger Brooke Taney, the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, started in Frederick where he took up residence shortly after receiving his law degree. Taney soon ran for the Maryland House of Delegates. His wife, Anne Phoebe Charlton Key, was sister o…

Claire McCardell was a renowned Frederick fashion designer credited with several major fashion innovations, including inventing ballet flats, sewing pockets in dresses, popularizing fabrics like jersey and cotton, and inventing the Monastic dress.

A national shrine stands in Emmitsburg to memorialize Elizabeth Ann Seton, the native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized as a saint.

In 1814, Dr. John Tyler found out the city of Frederick planned to extend Record Street to W. Patrick via a road next to his home, he made sure that would never happen.

The cornerstone of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church — Frederick’s first Catholic church — was laid by Rev. John DuBois on May 15, 1800. The church began in 1763 in a small brick home on Second Street. After The Penal Laws were repealed, the congregation soon outgrew the dwelling, and …

Repudiation Day is Nov. 23 in Frederick, celebrating the day in 1765 when 12 Frederick County judges rejected the Stamp Act in one of the first official acts of defiance against the British government.

For 170 years, the massive campus in the heart of downtown Frederick on East Second Street served as an all-girls Catholic school that was opened on Sept. 11, 1846, when Visitation Sisters from Georgetown settled in Frederick. It even served as a hospital during the Civil War. For much of th…

In March 1858, Captain John T. Sinn of the United Fire Company organized the “United Guards,” a fire company militia unit that later joined the “Junior Defenders” and “Independent Riflemen” to respond to John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.

Calvary United Methodist Church, which now stands on West Second Street in downtown Frederick, got its beginning in 1770 when Robert Strawbridge, considered one of the great early Methodist preachers and a pioneer of Methodism in America, accepted an invitation to preach in “Frederick Towne.…

First published in 1906, The Frederick Hornet served as the first African-American newspaper in western Maryland and a sister paper to prominent Black publications across the state.