Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Trip to Ocean City, Part 1

Not sure how many parts there are going to be...this may be the only part of the entire series. Only time can tell...

Anyway, on the trip to Ocean City we decided to stop in Frederick to eat lunch. Instead of going to a typical, run-of-the-mill location, we decided to eat at Barbara Fritchie's Fine Food. And, surprisingly, the name "Fine Food" was misrepresenting what we received...

The waitresses at Barbara's Fine Food did a fine job in doing their job. The atmosphere was interesting and it appeared clean. Unfortunately, Barbara Fritchie was unavailable to meet with us. Or anybody for that matter. For those who do not know, like myself, died on December 18, 1862. Fritchie was a friend of Francis Scott Key and was an American Patriot during the Civil War. At 95 years of age she waved the Union flag out of her window despite opposition from Stonewall Jackson's troops, who were passing through Frederick in the Maryland Campaign. This event is the subject of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem of 1864, Barbara Frietchie.

But I digress. I also met an interesting lady who happened to be from West Virginia. She told me a story about A. James Manchin being football coach at Hundred High School. As her story went, during his tenure as coach, the Ku Klux Klan decided to burn a cross in Manchin's yard. As the team returned to the school following a game they could still see the cross smoldering in his yard. Can't confirm anything but did find something that showed Manchin was a teacher at Hundred...so it might be legitimate.

Barbara Fritchie's Fine Food was so fine that we actually decided to return to Barbara's on the way home from the beach. You know that it must be good to stop twice. If you're ever in Fredrick, I suggest you look up Barbara Fritchie's. And, if you get a chance, go see her historic house. Unfortunately our time restrictions did not allow such a visit but I'm sure it would have been amazing.

I may or may not write more about the trip...but, regardless, I present to you Tina Turner:

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