America's Road, National Road, Bell & History Days, Frederick County, Maryland

Frederick County, MD Bell & History Days

On Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Frederick County will hold the annual Bell and History Days events marking the 2009 season opening of the many museums and heritage sites throughout Frederick County, Maryland. Special note : at this year’s event America’s Road : a photographic journey across the National Road from Baltimore to East St. Louis written by Russell C. Poole will be available for purchase at the Maryland National Road Association information tables in the parking lot adjacent to the historic Lamar House at 200 W. Main Street, Middletown, MD. Russ will be on hand from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (possibly earlier) to personally sign copies of America’s Road and to answer your questions about the National Road.

Ms. Adele Air - President of the Maryland National Road Association and Mr. Chris Haugh - Scenic Byways and Special Projects Manager for the Tourism Council of Frederick, Maryland will be present for the entire Middletown event. Both of these folks are a wealth of information about the area history so stop by to spend some time with them or just to say Hi!. Be sure to thank them for the great job they do of working to preserve our regional heritage. An additional attraction at the Middletown location will be Mr. Max Reed who will have a team and a historic wagon similar to those used by early settlers heading west along the National Road as part of a living history demonstration. Mr. Reed is a regular participant in the annual National Pike Festival organized by
The James Shaull Wagon Train Foundation, Inc. This festival, held during the 3rd week of May each year, honors the early pioneers by traveling a portion of the Maryland segment of the historic National Road by wagon train.

This year’s
Bell & History Days focuses on the southern section of Frederick County and includes events, living history presentations, and tours of many of the historic sites. Some of the sites to visit include the Lander Road C&O Lock House, Brunswick, Point of Rocks, Burkittsville ( a great little town, NOT like the Blair Witch Project portrays it...), Myersville, Middletown, Braddock Heights, and Frederick. For detailed information visit Frederick Tourism and download a .pdf copy of the Bell and History Days brochure found on the main page.

We hope to see you there!