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Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Good Night's Rest

Frederick's Hotel Block

 
 
A Good Night's Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
1. A Good Night's Rest Marker
Since replaced by a newer, identical marker at same location
Inscription. This part of downtown Frederick has long been a place of lodging and hospitality for travelers along the National Road. Kimball's Inn, Talbott's Tavern, the City Hotel and the Francis Scott Key Hotel have occupied this site for over two hundred years.

Among the many notable travelers was Revolutionary War hero, Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette. He was a visitor to Frederick on a triumphal tour of America. "He was received with pomp and parade. He last night attended a public dinner at Talbott's Tavern. He is now receiving the citizens and strangers at Talbotts & tonight he will attend a ball at Talbotts. Our whole town is in an uproar all about Lafayette." This news was recorded by Jacob Engelbrecht on December 30, 1824. He was an observer who left behind a vivid record through his diaries, of life along the 19th century National Road.
 
Erected by America's ByWays.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 24.851′ N, 77° 24.728′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of West Patrick Street (State Highway 144) and South Court Street, on the left when traveling west on West Patrick
A Good Night's Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 30, 2017
2. A Good Night's Rest Marker
A newer, identical marker at same location
Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Hanson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John Hanson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Weinberg Center (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John Hanson (within shouting distance of this marker); A Crossroads of American History (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Market & Patrick Streets (about 400 feet away); Site of Frederick County's First Y.M.C.A. (about 400 feet away); Frederick’s Poet Lawyer (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left a photo carries the caption, "The City Hotel succeeded Talbott's Tavern on this site. It hosted many notable travelers, including President-elect William Henry Harrison, Senator Henry Clay, Mexican General Santa Anna, Inventor Alexandra Graham Bell and President Woodrow Wilson. On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in late June, 1863, 23-year-old George Armstrong Custer was at the City Hotel when he received word he was promoted to brigadier general."

The lower center has a picture
A Good Night's Rest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
3. A Good Night's Rest Marker
explaining, "The City Hotel was finally demolished for 'a modern fire-proof hotel of 200 rooms partially air conditioned.' The Francis Scott Key Hotel opened to great fanfare on January 8, 1923."

A portrait of Lafayette explains that he "...visited Frederick in 1824, on a triumphal tour of America." The background of the marker is "National Road at Fairview Inn" which is the standard for this series.
 
Also see . . .  Francis Scott Key Hotel Today. By the turn of the 20th century the old hotel was showing its age compared to more modern hotels on the outskirts of the city. Converted to apartments, the renovation of the hotel is a great study of preservation matched to community needs, thus saving a slice of our history for later generations. (Submitted on October 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Francis Scott Key Hotel Apartments image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 9, 2007
4. Francis Scott Key Hotel Apartments
City Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 8, 2017
5. City Hotel
The City Hotel succeeded Talbott's Tavern on this site. It hosted many notable travelers, including President-elect William Henry Harrison, Senator Henry Clay, Mexican General Santa Anna, Inventor Alexander Graham Bell and President Woodrow Wilson. On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg in late June, 1863, 23-year-old George Armstrong Custer was at the City Hotel when he received word he was promoted brigadier general.
Close-up of photo on marker
Francis Scott Key Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 8, 2017
6. Francis Scott Key Hotel
City Hotel was finally demolished for “a modern fire-proof hotel of 200 rooms partially air conditioned.” The Francis Scott Key Hotel opened to great fanfare on January 8, 1923.
Close-up of postcard on marker
The Marquis de Lafayette image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 8, 2017
7. The Marquis de Lafayette
The Marquis de Lafayette visited Frederick in 1824, on a triumphal tour of America.
Close-up of image on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,780 times since then and 122 times this year. Last updated on June 10, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on October 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 7, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on October 7, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7. submitted on June 10, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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