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FCLF awards plaques to promote the preservation and restoration of our county’s heritage.

FCLF plaques are awarded to property owners of buildings and structures that are over 100 years of age, possess historical and/or architectural significance, and retain physical integrity. They recognize and encourage good stewardship. During the past four decades, FCLF is proud to have awarded more than 400 plaques.


The plaques are black cast iron ovals representing the FCLF logo. They measure 10 inches wide and 5 1/2 inches tall, and weigh 3 pounds. A brass plate, etched with the property’s unique registry number, is affixed to the center.


Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Secretary of the Interior in 2017, was the first building to be recognized by the program and is registered as plaque #001. A registry of plaqued properties is maintained by FCLF, and records are made available at FCLF and Heritage Frederick.

Questions? Email or contact the FCLF Office at 301-663-3885.

Popular Seminar Series Returns:

Getting a Plaque for Your Historic Home

The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation is bringing back a popular free series of how-to seminars on how to obtain a plaque for a historic home. Seminars are planned at public libraries around the county.


At each event, staff from the Frederick County Public Library’s Maryland Room, which specializes in local history, will introduce the basics of how to document your home’s past. Volunteers from the Landmarks Foundation will also be on hand to answer questions.

In re-launching the popular series, which had been suspended during the pandemic, FCLF is helping celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its historic plaque program. More than 400 structures, including public, religious and commercial structures as well as houses, have won the recognition over the years.


The Landmarks Foundation awards the familiar cast-iron oval plaques to owners of structures that are more than 100 years old, possess historical and/or architectural significance by themselves or as part of a streetscape, and have retained physical integrity. Each plaque bears a brass plate with the property’s unique registry number.

The seminars will be held at:

Wed., July 12, 7 p.m. - C. Burr Artz Library, Frederick

Sun., July 16, 1 p.m. -- Urbana Library

Sat., Aug. 5, 1 p.m. -- Point of Rocks Library

Sat., Sept. 9, 1 p.m. -- Emmitsburg Library

Sun., Oct. 8, 1 p.m. -- Brunswick Library

Sat., Nov. 18, 3 p.m. -- Myersville Library * New date *

For more information contact Walter Olson at


Plaques In The News

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Newly-plaqued home featured in local history blog
May 8, 2023

Chris Haugh's latest "Stories in Stone" features not only the home of FCLF's most recent plaque recipient, but it also talks about what we do as an organization. With the help of homeowner Marilyn Easton, Chris shares a fascinating and in-depth look into the history of one of our local Frederick families, the Salters (including photos of several downtown buildings lost to the ages). An absolutely wonderful read, as always!

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Plaques discussed on WDVM-TV
August 20, 2019

Watch this WDVM-TV news clip to hear Joan Deacon, Frederick County Landmarks Board Member, explain the plaque program. Two recent recipients of plaques, the Baldis of Frederick and the Rocky Springs Chapel and School House, are featured.


Four Frederick buildings awarded FCLF plaques
August 12, 2019

FCLF has awarded its distinctive plaque to four more Frederick buildings including an East Second Street home built in 1859 by John Tehan, a house built on land formerly owned by a freed slave, a rare Victorian-style town house with a front porch, and the 107-year-old Pythian Castle.


A Labor of Love - Owning a historic home in Frederick offers its fair share of triumphs and tribulations
June 7, 2018

In this profile, featured in Spires Magazine, plaque recipients Mark and Teresa Stull speak candidly about their experience from purchasing their historic row home to working with the Historic Preservation Commission during its restoration. Mark is a member of the FCLF board of directors.


Rocky Springs School House, chapel receive Landmarks Foundation plaques
January 28, 2018

Frederick County Landmarks Foundation recently awarded plaques to both the Rocky Springs School House and Rocky Springs Chapel. The field stone one-room schoolhouse was built in the late 1830s. It served as church on Sunday and school on the weekdays. The Chapel was built in 1882.

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