Church Tour

The Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship celebrates Frederick’s tradition of religious diversity, local history, and the holiday season. 

In one of Frederick's great ironies, there are more churches on Second Street (6) than there are on Church Street (3).

Among the Second Street churches is Evangelical Lutheran, which was founded in 1738 and known for its distinctive Twin Spires.

Evangelical Lutheran was the first church in Frederick County and remains the largest ELCA Lutheran Church in Maryland.

It served as a hospital for wounded soldiers during the Civil War following the Battle of Antietam in 1862.

Evangelical Lutheran played a key role in the founding of the first Lutheran seminary in Gettysburg and served as an early model for Sunday school programs across the country.

The church offers free tours on the first Saturday of every month from 1-4 p.m. Visitors can see the 22 stained-glass windows in the sanctuary and the grand pipe organ, which was installed in 1950.

Meanwhile, over on Church Street, All Saints Episcopal Church has been serving parishioners since 1742.

In 1793, All Saints hosted the first confirmation of an American citizen. The presiding bishop was Thomas John Claggett, who was the first Episcopal Bishop consecrated on American soil.

All Saints Episcopal also served as a field hospital during the Civil War, and The Rectory building at 108 W. Church Street was used as military headquarters during the early stages of the war.

The church is open for prayer during business hours.

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