'Ole Glory Coast to Coast' - June Active Rain Challenge

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894


One of Frederick, Maryland's most famous residents was a 95 year old widow, Barbara Fritche, who in 1862 taunted the Confederate troops by waving the Stars and Stripes as they passed through town. The Barbara Fritchie house is located at 154 West Patrick Street, 1 block from Mackintosh REALTORS Historic District office. 
John Greenleaf Whitter's poem "The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie" was published in October 1863 in The Atlantic Monthly. This would immortalize Fritchie and raised patriotic spirits throughout the Union at a time when an emotional boost was needed as a response to the Civil War.
The poem would go on to inspire a play and later a film featuring the famous line "Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country's flag."
Barbara Fritchie would never hear the poem that would embed her in American folklore as she passed away in December of 1862.


Comments (17)

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Buzz Mackintosh thank you so much for this special entry.  With your post I must again say what an amazing twist this challenge has taken for me.  The rich history of our 'Ole Glory' is coming forth and really making me even more appreciate what she stands for.  Thank you again for taking part.  Mark

Jun 09, 2022 10:30 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho Thanks for hosting this months challenge. Maryland is filled with lots of history when it come to Ole Glory !

Jun 09, 2022 12:43 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Buzz what an interesting story!  The video is great too!  This couldn't be any more perfect for the June Contest!

Jun 09, 2022 10:36 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in BananaTude!


Jun 09, 2022 10:38 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Brokers Thanks for the feature!

Jun 09, 2022 12:40 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - I thoroughly enjoyed your post today! What a great story!

Jun 09, 2022 03:29 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Buzz Mackintosh what an appropriate place and location to fly our proud flag.

Jun 09, 2022 03:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Buzz Mackintosh ,

I absolutely love your post! A very inspiring story and the video is priceless. What a fantastic entry into the June challenge. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jun 09, 2022 04:21 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX  Frederick has an abundance of history surrounding ole gory, stay tune there's more to come.

Jun 09, 2022 07:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Buzz- what a perfect entry in this month's challenge!!!! I love the story. 

Jun 09, 2022 07:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


What a wonderful post featuring 'Ole Glory." I really enjoyed the history and the video.


Jun 09, 2022 09:09 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Fascinating glimpse of History, I pride myself of being a history buff and a patriot, ironically I have never heard of her or the poem .... what an interesting video too. Thank you for your fantastic post Buzz keep it coming, Endre

Jun 09, 2022 10:41 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Buzz... loved the post, loved the story, loved the photos and art work. Now I feel I have to get to Frederick sooner rather than later and see it up close and personal.

Jun 10, 2022 04:50 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Nina Hollander, Broker  There is quite a bit to do and see in Frederick that would fill up a week or weekend trip to our area.

Jun 10, 2022 07:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting story! I never heard of Barbara or the poem. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 10, 2022 04:50 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is an amazing mural, I am so glad that you shared it with us and I got to see it for myself!

Jun 10, 2022 05:58 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

 Brian England There are amazing murals all around Frederick that add to the historic charm of our town.

Jun 10, 2022 07:44 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

What a remarkable story of the great soul, Barbara Fritchie. A true Patriot she was, indeed. A beautiful poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. I will buy a book if there is one telling her story in modern English.

Thank you for sharing the history with us, Buzz.

Jun 10, 2022 11:02 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Actually Aura Alex there is a book ~ The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie a True Patriot


Jun 10, 2022 12:15 PM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Awesome! I will get it on my Kindle. Thanks, Buzz.

Jun 10, 2022 12:26 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Fact or Fiction I love this story! It makes me wonder how easy or hard it was to get an America Flag in those days.

Jun 11, 2022 10:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Buzz, for sharing your photographs.

I hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Jun 12, 2022 05:39 AM