Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Good Night's Rest
Frederick's Hotel Block
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Arts & Entertainment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Crossroads of American History (about 400 feet away); Market & Patrick Streets (about 400 feet away); Site of Frederick County's First Y.M.C.A. (about 400 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 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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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 1,881 times since then and 25 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.