Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
May 17, 1943
Barbara Fritchie House
while en route with
Franklin D. Roosevelt
from "Shangri-la" to Washington, D.C.
Erected 1954 by The Historical Society of Frederick County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 39° 24.836′ N, 77° 24.875′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on West Patrick Street (Maryland Route 144). Marker is affixed to the front of the Barbara Fritchie House. 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. 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); Jacob Engelbrecht (here, next to this marker); Barbara Fritchie House (here, next to this marker); Water Level of the 1976 Flood (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mullinix Park (about 500 feet away); John Hanson (about 500 feet away); Mary Quantrill's Stand John Hanson (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
1. Eleanor Roosevelt remembers
"[O]n one occasion I drove down in the car with them [Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt] to Shangri-La. This was a retreat which had been set up for my husband for weekends in the warm weather when he could not go far away. We drove through the town of Frederick, Maryland, and Franklin pointed to a window and said it was the window from which Barbara Fritchie had hung the Union colors. Mr. Churchill then recited the whole of the Barbara Fritchie poem. My husband and I looked at each other, for each of us could have quoted a few lines, but the whole was quite beyond us! Franklin happened to be fond of Edward Lear's Nonsense Rhymes, and I can remember Mr. Churchill capping every rhyme my husband quoted. How long they could have gone on, I don't know, but fortunately a turn in the road brought an end to this particular amusement." -- Eleanor Roosevelt , The Atlantic, March, 1965
— Submitted August 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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