Schifferstadt, also known as Scheifferstadt, is the oldest standing house in Frederick, Maryland. Built in 1758, it is one of the nation's finest examples of German-Georgian colonial architecture. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.
The stone abode was completed in 1758 as were the cast iron five plate stoves used to heat the rooms. The house stands on land purchased by German immigrant farmer Josef Brunner (later alternately spelled 'Bruner' and 'Brooner') in 1746. Brunner purchased of tract land known as "Tasker's Chance" from Frederick Town (current-day Frederick) homesteader Daniel Dulany. Brunner named the property after Klein Schifferstadt, his home town in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of southwestern Germany near Mannheim.
The sandstone for Schifferstadt's two-foot-thick walls came from a local quarry near Walkersville Maryland. In Josef Brunner's time, a stone house reflected the family’s social and financial success and stability. The work was finished by Josef's son Elias as Josef was killed in a horse accident (possibly) before the work was completed. The hand-hewn wood beams were pinned together with wooden pegs. Above the windows and doors on the first floor of the building are reinforced arches made of stone, supporting the outside walls above them. The roof is considered to be unusual with kick-up and flared eaves, and features a large "wishbone" chimney. There were four "Five Plate" cast iron wood fireplace inserts that keep most of the house warm. One is still there and is the basis for dating the house at 1758 because of the casting on the plate. Much of the original construction and detailing survives, showing particular examples of German influence. Schifferstadt is known to be the finest existing example of German colonial architecture in the United States. To visit Schifferstadt Architectural Museum on your trip to Frederick, use our Frederick day trip planning site.
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After our previous visit during Octoberfest (pre-COVID) I wanted to go again but I don't think they have opened since then. If anyone out there knows, please post it since I'm sure that many others...
After our previous visit during Octoberfest (pre-COVID) I wanted to go again but I don't think they have opened since then. If anyone out there knows, please post it since I'm sure that many others... more »
Schifferstadt is one of the best examples in America of German house design. Guides will point out the German (as opposed to English) features. The most distinctive feature is the heating system...
Schifferstadt is one of the best examples in America of German house design. Guides will point out the German (as opposed to English) features. The most distinctive feature is the heating system... more »
Neat very old place...
Loved it! You can practically feel the history here! Spoke with the staff prior to our visit and was warmly welcomed to come by and take pictures during our visit. Beautiful...
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