A BRIEF HISTORY OF REAL ESTATE IN FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND
Development of real estate in Frederick County began in approximately 1732 when the proprietor of the Provence of Maryland offered parts of his territory to settlers in the Northern and Western areas of his territory which included what is now Frederick County. The terms appear, based on 21st Century standards, quite an attractive offer:
- Persons with a family could settle on two hundred acres of land, beginning
payment and taxes after three years.
- Persons, male or female from 14 to 31 years of age could have 100
acres under the same conditions.
- If the settlers were British subjects, the land would be insured. Some of the land secured in the above manner would later become valuable and the benefits accrue to the original settlers, thereby insuring them riches and ownership of some of the best land in the county, to be left to their heirs.
GERMAN SETTLEMENTS IN FREDERICK COUNTY
Although the early land grants were to English speaking settlers, families of German decent came down from Pennsylvania and up from Virginia to settle in the area known today as Frederick County. German speaking families travelling from settlements in Pennsylvania and Virginia often settled land in Maryland.
The first German settlement was in the village known as Monocacy in 1729,
German immigrants were encouraged by the early officials. The German settlers were valued because they were considered to be hard-working, God-fearing, thrifty folk who would help the community thrive. Over 1000 German settlers took land and settled in the area in the mid 1700s.
Other groups settling and building homes in Frederick County were Irish/Scot and French.
Historic buildings in New Market. These homes, along Main Street in New Market are representative of the shops and homes in Frederick County constructed in the 18th and 19th Century.