Barbara Fritchie House

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Barbara Fritchie, age 96, is the heroine of The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie, written by John Greenleaf Whittier in 1864. During the Civil War, she was a Union sympathizer who dared to wave her Union flag in the face of the Confederates and Stonewall Jackson. Some historians say the event never occurred, as Mrs. Fritchie was sick in bed that day, but the house and small museum are said to be haunted by Mrs. Fritchie’s ghost. Witnesses say a rocking chair rocks by itself, and a pair of feet has been seen underneath the quilt draped over it. Lights turn on and off by themselves in the basement of the house next door (also occupied by Mrs. Fritchie).

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154 W. Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
United States

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39.413897579430504, -77.41455173489157
Frederick County, Maryland
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  1. bullets from the rebel rifles ripped up the window where the flag flew, “Shoot if you must this old grey head, but save your countrie’s flag” is the quote associated with her, and in recognition of her ocurage, according to legend, Jackson himself said the flag was not to be touched. If she was actually sick, it make the story more believable. She would have been in bed and so could have gotten only the the window to post the flag, instead of down in the street like a respectable woman.

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