Ox Roast

East St. Frederick, MD 1880's

A Brief History of our namesake,
the Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad:


In January, 1866, organizers met in Frederick to discuss chartering a railroad from the District of Columbia to the Pennsylvania State line thru Frederick.

In March 1867 the Maryland General Assembly passed an Act to incorporate the Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad (F&PL). The F&PL was authorized to raise $1 million in capital to construct a railroad from Frederick City, Maryland, through Frederick and Carroll counties to the Maryland and Pennsylvania line, in the direction of Littlestown, Pennsylvania. The charter also required the F&PL to make connections with the Western Maryland Railroad and required the company to commence construction by March 1870.

On July 29, 1869, the railroad celebrated the start of construction near Woodsboro, Maryland by roasting an Ox. 

Between January 1870 and September 1872, the Frederick and Pennsylvania Line Railroad was built through Frederick County connecting the towns of Taneytown, Ladiesburg, Woodsboro, Walkersville and Frederick, MD.

In the 143 plus years that followed, this railroad line greatly influenced the life and prosperity of these towns and the region. Its operation and influence continues today.

For a detailed F&PL RR history written by FPL Museum visit:

1873 Railroad Map

From 1876 company letter 


​​​Discover & Preserve

Local Heritage

This new non-profit, tax exempt, charitable organization has the mission and goal to

purchase a seven mile railroad (former Pennsylvania Railroad) and build a museum & archive 

in Frederick County, MD.  See the Mission Page for the complete plan.

Currently this museum organization is in the start up - growth stage

and we are moving forward every month.

New research, writing, marketing and technical support projects are currently underway.

Lots more work to be done. ​Check the Volunteer page and contact us to find out how you can be involved in this exciting, pioneering effort!


The Frederick & Pennsylvania Line Railroad Museum, Inc.

            A 501(c)3, non profit, tax exempt, educational and charitable organization

                          Maryland certified engineering firm, License #49957

History     Education     Preservation