Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My World Tuesday - German heritage


Although there were settlers in this part of Maryland in the early 1700's, the founding of Frederick City was by a German immigrant group led by Johann Thomas Schley in 1745. They also established a German Reformed Church (now the Evangelical Lutheran Church) and public school. In the late 1700's Pennsylvania Dutch (also originally from Germany) migrated south through Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley to Virginia and North Carolina. Many settled in the Frederick area. German was the language in those years and English did not become the major language until the Irish immigration after the potato famine. This German heritage is evident with street names and an official sister city connection with Morzheim and Schifferstadt.

Evangelical Luthern Church




The Schifferstadt house is the oldest house still standing in Frederick. It was built by Joseph Brunner in 1756 and named after his childhood home. It is now a museum.




7 comments:

Louise said...

Interesting as always, and love the photos. The east is so different from where I live. I love the solidity of the structures.

Sara G said...

Great post and absolutely beautiful photo's!!
Take care

dot said...

Interesting post and beautiful photos!
I enjoyed comparing prices with those on your side bar.

fishing guy said...

Lew: What a neat story about your part of of Maryland. I was through there 2 years back.

Arija said...

Great historical post.The Germans were godfearing, industrious and built their houses to last.
Great photos to go with the history.

Gaelyn said...

Thanks for the great tour and equally great photos.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

wonderful photos and great history!!!! the older I get the mor eI appreciate the history our country has to offer THANK YOU!