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New Market Days - Photos + Videos
By: Craig Shipp

New Market Days

Celebrating the traditions, customs, and history of yesteryear, the annual festival captures the essence of Revolutionary and Civil War American life. Relive 18th and 19th century life as you encounter an authentic candle maker, blacksmith, and Horse and Carriage rides.

Treasure the wares of traditional artisans, crafters, and 30 shops throughout town. Whatever your fancy, New Market Days is a crowd-pleaser offering not only history, but the delights and flavors of vendors for the young, old, and in-between.

New Market hosts two annual events -- New Market Days and Christmas in New Market (see below). Coordinated by a staff of volunteers, these community events welcome visitors from near and far to partake in timely traditions to remember.

This article is brought to you by the following New Market sponsors: [The Little Pottery Shop] [Santa Fe Trading Company] [Lawson's of New Market] [Mealey's Restaurant] [Hilltop Convenience & Liquor] [Dynamic Automotive]

Note: See video clips below as well as links to many photos!

New Market Days Video Channel:
(High-speed Internet and flash required to view)

Click Here a photo show from New Market Days 2007! or
Click Here for the same photos in a set (to download)

Christmas in New Market

It’s an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in an 18th-century picturesque atmosphere. Christmas in New Market, the town's open house, kicks off the holiday season with a bit of cheer. Enjoy sites and sounds by visiting decorated churches, restaurants, shops, and homes are all brimming with holiday smiles, crafters, and refreshments. A Santa stroll, the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Messenelle Park, church concerts, and live nativity highlight the memorable weekend celebration. Click Here for the Town's website and details regarding upcoming events!

New Market Town History ~ On December 6, 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior registered the town of New Market, Maryland as an Historic District. New Market is considered a fine example of a small town that is a complete unit.

New Market can trace its history back more than two full centuries. Founded and laid out in 1793 by William Plummer and Nicholas Hall, New Market thrived by serving travelers along the historic Old National Pike between Frederick and Baltimore.

Early in the 19th century, high-wheeled six-horse Conestoga wagons were frequent visitors to New Market as travelers made their way to the Ohio country and beyond. In those days, more than eight hotels and taverns lined Main Street. The town offered travelers a night's lodging for 25c and a glass of whisky for 5c. Behind the inns were barns and pens for resting livestock being driven to Baltimore Markets.

In addition to the hotels and taverns, wheelwrights and blacksmith shops were necessary and numerous. Industry was restricted to the needs of travelers and the local farming community. At one time, there was a tannery, button factory, shoe factory and wrought iron nail shop. All are gone today, but the old-time, small town flavor remains intact to welcome today's travelers.

The new millennium begins and the historic circle makes a full turn: today New Market, Maryland welcomes a new type of sturdy traveler and bold adventurer: the crafts collector and antiques hunter. Cars have replaced the Conestoga wagons and antique shops have replaced blacksmith and wheelwright shops. New Market now proudly boasts a fine restaurant, a bustling General Store, an art gallery, a cozy bed and breakfast and a tearoom along with more than 30 shops offering antiques to please even the most discriminating tastes.

Come for the afternoon or weekend. Wander the streets and step back into a time gone by. Video Channel:
(High-speed Internet and flash required to view)

Other Related Links:

Click Here for the New Market Town
website and details regarding upcoming events!

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