Schifferstadt in Frederick, Maryland
In 1746, Joseph BRUNNER obtained a deed for 303 acres of the 7,000
acre tract, Tasker's Chance, in Frederick County, Maryland, and
named his plantation "Schifferstadt" after his German birthplace,
Kleinschifferstadt. Brunner brought
his family to the US on the ship Allen into Philadelphia on September
11, 1729 and, after settling briefly in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
joined other German immigrants traveling to western Maryland,
forming the Monocacy settlement.
In 1753, Brunner transferred the property to his youngest son,
Elias, who in 1756 completed the stone house, now said to be the
oldest building in Frederick, an example of fine German colonial
architecture. The walls are two and a half feet thick, which would
help protect against Indian attacks of those days.
Early Kitchen Sink
This must have been the latest in modern conveniences back then.
On the side of the house, the sink can be seen in the right bottom
window; the hole below is a chute which goes into the cellar.
It is now owned by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, Inc.
and serves as a museum. In the fall, an Oktoberfest is usually held
there. It is located just off Rt 15, on the corner of Rosemont
Avenue and West Second Street.
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