Community History

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Hie on up to Braddock!

A century ago, visitors would “Hie on up to Braddock!” to enjoy the mountain resort. Nestled at the southern end of the Catoctin mountain range, today Braddock Heights offers the best of small town living. The community is led by the Braddock Heights Community Association (BHCA) which manages the community pool and facilities. Braddock Heights’ location reveals its easy access to the shops, restaurants and amenities of downtown Frederick as well as the big city attractions of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

The summer time’s a coming,
Though it’s slow upon the wing,
And it somehow seems to a linger
In the chilly lap of spring.

Summer sun will soon be blazing
But to us ’twill matter not,
For we’ll hie us up to Braddock
When the days grow hot.

In the trolley go a-spinning
Through the fields so green and fair,
Where the new-mown hay and clover
Sweetly scent the summer air.

Where the skies above are bluer
Then the sweet forget-m-not;
So we’ll hie us up to Braddock
When the days grow hot.

On the mountains we will linger,
Where the breeze grows cool and sweet.
Bringing health to all who feel it,
Lighter tread to wearied feet.

Where the skies above are bluer
Then the sweet forget-m-not;
So we’ll hie us up to Braddock
When the days grow hot.

On the mountains we will linger,
Where the breeze grows cool and sweet.
Bringing health to all who feel it,
Lighter tread to wearied feet.

In the glory of the morning
When the mist the hill tops kiss
Or the evening’s tender radiance
Makes seem a dream of bliss.

Dusty streets and business worry
Desk and Store will be forgot
For we’ll hie us up to Braddock
When the days grow hot.

Born at the end of the 19th century, Braddock Heights had a rich and interesting history. It was a thriving vacation spot with a trolley system that ferried guests to the many hotels, summer homes, and boarding houses along the crest of Braddock Mountain. Visitors came from far and wide to enjoy the famed amusement park, clear skies, and great views. Over time, the resort closed and Braddock Heights became more residential.

Vintage View of Braddock Hotel
Vintage View of Braddock Hotel

Today, the flavor of the community continues to change as it experiences a wonderful period of revival and restoration. Many of the outstanding historic homes are being restored to their former glory, and Braddock Heights’ residents celebrate its rich history while enjoying the vitality of everyday life on the mountain.

You can learn more about Braddock Heights on Wikipedia.

Vintage View East from Braddock Hotel
Vintage View East from Braddock Hotel
Upcoming Events
  • BHCA Board Meeting December 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Zoom (email president@braddockheights.org to join)