Top 50x2: Maryland Heritage Tours and McCutcheon's Apple Products

In this year’s special edition of Frederick Top 50x2, we are recognizing Frederick County’s most resilient businesses that have been serving our community for 20 years or more.  Each week we will be highlighting businesses and organizations that were selected for the publication.  These are the companies that prove that Frederick County is a great place to do business. 

Maryland Heritage Tours
Established: 2000

Founder: Ron Angleberger

Maryland Heritage Tours provides history tours, ghost tours, and cemetery tours in Frederick City, presenting Maryland and Frederick History.  Master storytellers dressed in period attire from Frederick's past lead visitors through the city's dark street and alleyways in search of the infamous, the unknown and the unexplained. Serving over 24,000 people on tours throughout Frederick, Maryland Heritage Tours is a win/win for tourism in Frederick, and partners with local businesses.

What is your advice to a young company?

Hold on to everything as long as you can. You must build a foundation, strong customer base and market.  It's not going to be a success overnight.

McCutcheon's Apple Products
13 South Wisner Street | Frederick
Established: 1938

Founder: William O. McCutcheon

McCutcheon's Apple Products is family owned and operated business that has been in Historic Frederick, MD since 1938. McCutcheon's produces and distributes over 300 products nationwide, including our famous apple butter, apple cider and delicious fruit preserves. Every product is made with the finest quality ingredients available and prepared in small, closely supervised batches. Today, McCutcheon's is run by 4th and 5th generation family members, along with many long-term employees who are also considered part of the family.

Why is Frederick County a great place to do business?

Frederick County has always been a great place to live and work. The business community is vibrant and collaborative, not competitive. 

Describe a significant event in your company’s history.

In 1991 McCutcheon's undertook a massive project to expand and upgrade the facility. The expansion unified the different production lines and made it possible for the company to remain in its original location in Historic Frederick, MD.

What is your advice to a young company?

There are three key things a company should never compromise on: quality of their product, how they treat their customers and how they treat their employees.

Frederick County is very fortunate to have an amazing business community, especially those that have been in business for over 20 years.  We understand that there are more than 100 legacy businesses in Frederick County, but unfortunately, we were not able to include all these businesses in the Top 50x2.  The businesses included were selected from responses submitted to a business survey.  OED staff verified the responses and then selected the businesses on a first come first serve basis.  If your business would like to be included in future opportunities, please email

Some photographs included in the publication were taken pre-COVID.  OED encourages everyone to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Frederick County Health Department.