Fun Fact: Did You Know There Is an Antiques Capital of Maryland?

Maryland has plenty to offer when it comes to antiquing, but the town of New Market in Frederick County has been dubbed the “Antiques Capital of Maryland”.

The town was founded in 1793, developing around the major trade routes between Frederick and Baltimore. In the early 1800s, the Baltimore Turnpike became part of the National Turnpike, one of the most traveled highways in America. Travelers saw New Market as an ideal rest stop, and people noticed. The town grew quickly as entrepreneurs established businesses designed to meet the needs of travelers. Even livestock from rural areas could stay overnight in New Market on their way to sale in Baltimore.

As the years progressed, the small town put itself on the map as a place of trade and successful business. The first antique store opened there in 1939. New Market has dozens of antique shops full of furniture, jewelry, quilts and porcelain. Nearby, downtown Frederick boasts its own impressive array of antique shopping. There are nearly 200 dealers within an 8-mile radius.

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