Roads and Rails Museum, Frederick, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Frederick, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C., is the second largest city in the state.  It is a town rich in history that has many great treasures to include the Museum of Civil War Medicine, the home of Barbara Fritchie, a Unionist during the Civil War who was part of American folklore, the Carroll Creek Walk and Baker Park.  You also had the Battle of the Monocacy which took place on the south side of the town.  It is a major crossroads with the National Road (U.S. 40) and U.S. 15 as well as Interstate 70 with Interstate 270 and U.S. 340 branching south.  With all of this, it is easy for a place like the Roads and Rails Museum to be easily overlooked… but it should not be.

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From the outside, it is just an old brick building.  You enter the building, and you see a store that sells…

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