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Address: 31 E Church St, Frederick, MD 21701-5401
Phone Number: +1 301-663-6361
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This historic church (275 years old in 2013) hosts tens of thousands of...

This historic church (275 years old in 2013) hosts tens of thousands of visitors each year for special tours,concerts, and worship services. We are the first and largest Lutheran church in the state. This pioneer congregation help founded the American Sunday School movement(Francis Scott Key taught here), the first national Lutheran synod in America (General Synod met here first time in 1820), the first American Lutheran seminary(Gettysburg), and the first Lutheran english magazine in world (Lutheran Intelligencer). ELC was also a hospital site following the Battle of Antietam and cared for 1,000 wounded soldiers. The congregation is known for generous hospitality even today.

Gifted with great organ and acoustic make this great location for annual Frederick Fine Art series free to public.

Church Tours are given on the 1st Saturday of every month from April through October.

We have a variety of programs for youth, young adults, and adults. Please visit our website to find out more about our programs, events, and special activities.

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Lots of interesting things to see here. The sanctuary was turned into a hospital after the Battle of Antietam. Be sure to look for the photos along the back wall. The sanctuary... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 July 2016
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Linthicum Heights, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I could not wait to see the inside of this church. I am a fan of old churches and love to see them where ever I go. I was disappointed at the inside of this one. The ladies were very friendly & nice, but the interior is just......eh. Not as old and glamorous as the outside would suggest.....

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Lots of interesting things to see here. The sanctuary was turned into a hospital after the Battle of Antietam. Be sure to look for the photos along the back wall. The sanctuary details are beautifully maintained. Ask if you can go into the balcony to see some of the ceiling paintings in more detail. Also, ask if you can go... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Such beautiful architecture and a wonderful wonderful looking Church. Lots of care has been taken to keep this in good condition. Just the outside was gorgeous was not able to get inside

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

This is an absolutely beautiful church, and difficult to miss! It's historical, but also contemporary as well. Be sure to stop in and ask the docents questions.

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Reston VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

This is a beautifully maintained historic church. Older than the United States it is still active today with an exciting congregation. The church boasts a campus featuring more than a half-dozen buildings. Twin steeples with antique bells from England. Make a stop while visiting Frederick.

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

A visit to Church Street in Frederick will give you a true sense of our founding fathers' religious roots. We were married in this church in 1976 and we revisit it every time we come back to Frederick. It is beautiful inside and out and surrounded by many other churches. Before you buy a souvenir with the clustered spires of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

There are a handful of churches located along Church Street in downtown Historic Frederick. All have high, beautiful steeples. This church fascinated me due to its twin steeples. Much to my disappointment, all churches located along Church Street were closed during my visit. I would love to go and see their altars/sacristy and learn about their history. I was lucky... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

We were walking by and a lady said they were offering free tours of the church. So we decided to go on the tour. She explained about the twin spires, and the construction of the church. Then she took us inside and showed us a photo of the church during the Civil War when it was being used as a... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

The docents are very knowledgeable and friendly. The church was used as a hospital during the civil war and the history of the churh is very interesting. Tours are offered the first Saturday of the month during the summer.

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

When we moved to Frederick, we visited quite a few churches. We finally found our "home" at Evangelical Lutheran Church. People were so friendly & we absolutely love Pastor Bob's sermons!

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