Originally built to accommodate two battalions of soldiers, these barracks soon became a repository for mercenaries fighting ... More
Originally built to accommodate two battalions of soldiers, these barracks soon became a repository for mercenaries fighting for England. The site is listed with the National and State Registry of Historic Sites and it has been used as a Revolutionary War prison, staging point for Lewis and Clarke expedition, State Armory in 1812, Civil War general hospital, and First Maryland School for the Deaf.
Visiting the Hessian Barracks was a great educational experience for me. I did not realize that it was located just a couple of blocks down the street from me in Downtown Frederick,as I am sure a lot of other people don't either. There is so much history in the building and being that is the original structure it really makes you wonder what all went on in the building, and how long it must have taken to build. It is a great piece of History and I recommend the experience.
I visited the hessian Barrack this past Saturday with my daughter and was impressed. The history of the building is interesting and the band playing in time appropriate attire was a nice touch. My daughter, who is three years old, keeps asking me to take her back. It was an all around good experience.
The Hessian Barracks, located on the campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf is a wonderfully historic and educational place, definitely worth a visit. It was interesting to walk around the original structure, once holding men from the colonial times, and imagine what life was like back then. Colonial musicians filled the building with beautiful tunes, adding to the experience. History lovers and families alike would enjoy visiting and admiring the barracks.
What started off as a class assignment turned into a great afternoon with the family. The Hessian Barracks sits quietly surrounded by the school of the deaf. However, The Hessian Barracks screams with the richness of history held within its walls. The architecture is magnificent and truly a testament to the vision and creativity of our ancestors. A solid beam about 40-50 feet in length, made of solid wood and weighing what appears to be half a ton, serves as a support structure for one of the rooms. Quite a feet of engineering to manufacture and place a beam of that magnitude with the crude machinery an tools used during that era. The kids had a great time and the little lady and I left feeling very enlightened impressed. I definitely would recommend this for a weekend family outting or an opportunity to enrich your knowledge.
Settled in the beautiful Maryland School for the Deaf campus in Frederick, Maryland, the historical Hessian Barracks stands proudly; two stories high and still clinging onto the original stone structure, this building possesses intriguing history. This structure housed inmates throughout the Revolutionary War as well as made way for a hospital in the Civil War. My family and I admired the simplicity of each small room from the original windowpanes, to the original brick walls and floors, to the dirt kitchen where meals are still prepared to this day. Despite the building’s cold exterior, the museum’s curator, Carl Robin, who was certainly welcoming, informative and passionate about this museum, warmly greeted us. Robin guided us through the building, making note of several restoration projects in effect and some of the highlights about the museum. My son loved the open space between each room and ran back and forth during the tour. He thoroughly enjoyed the rifle display and the canon that this museum has donated to city of Frederick. At the end of our time at the Hessian Barracks, we traveled outside to the giant bell in the courtyard. We gave it a great tug and heard the loud glorious ring (which most people in Frederick probably heard as well!) A unique experience and one that must be shared by tourists of Frederick and residents as well!
Nice to see a piece of history right in my backyard. Visiting the Hessian Barracks was a pleasant experience! You don't have to travel all the way to DC to physically see and feel relevant history, its right here in Frederick. Definitely worth the time to stop by and take a look. Hurry before the field cannon is returned to the City of Frederick. - Mike Fields
The Hessian Barracks is an amazing window to the past. You can see the workmanship of the colonial time, hear the floorboards creak under your feet, and, if you concentrate, feel the people of yesteryear. The proof of it's age becomes evident as soon as you enter the building, a display of discovered artifacts: bones of the chicken for the prisoners, and beef for the officers and much more. I truly recommend this place for history lovers. - Clay Owens
I went to the museum of candlelight in frederick md on december 11th. This was such a great experience whether your into history or not! They had reenactors who made you actually feel like you were in that time period! They also provided refreshments that were great as well. This building is located on the maryland school of the deaf campus and is very well preserved. There was always someone there to answer any questions you had and would also tell you some really neat information. For example: The Hessian Barracks were built in 1777. I definitely recommend that you come see this place for yourself! You wont regret it! Review by: LEAH REEDER
I had a good time visiting the Hessian Barracks with my two daughters and niece, we were greeted by a friendly soldier who gave us a brief background on the history of the museum. We also got a chance to observe some cool things from history.This is a historic atmosphere that everyone should experience in their life time.