One Fort: Three Wars at Fort Frederick State Park, September 16-17, 2017
Big Pool, Md.– Historic Fort Frederick will give visitors a look at life in the fort as volunteers exhibit the varied roles the Fort played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. 10am to 5pm, Saturday, September 16, 2017 and from 10am to 5pm Sunday September 17, 2017
“Though Fort Frederick isn’t famous for ‘Heroic Last Stands’ or battles, its re-use throughout history, for such a variety or reasons makes it unique” said Matthew Wedd, Historical Interpreter at Fort Frederick State Park. “Activities and living history encampments will give visitors a look into the small heroics of history; the daily lives of the people who served throughout these much larger conflicts.”
Highlights of the event include:
French and Indian War Era Military Drill & Musket Firing
Volunteer Company Drill
Fort Frederick in the American Revolution
Interactive Ranging Party and Patrols
Fort Frederick in the Civil War
18th Century Medicine
Soldiers Rations of the 18th and 1th Centuries
This program takes a deeper look at the uses of the Fort and the roles of the people there, during the French and Indian War, The American Revolution, and the Civil War. Originally built by Governor Horatio Sharpe of Maryland to protect the frontier during the French and Indian War, his decision to build it of stone made it a lasting monument…and a place to reuse. Twenty years later George Washington sent one of his Colonels to the Fort to turn it into a Prison camp, and throughout the War of Independence 1000 British prisoners were kept captive, guarded by American Troops. By the Civil War the Fort was in ruins and used as farmland, but with the proximity of the Canal and Railway, Union troops would often camp in those ruins to protect those supply lines from Confederate raiders. While not a turning point in history for any of those conflicts, the program will allow a closer look at life for the common soldier serving in the Wars that shaped the Nation. For more details and program times please contact the Park Visitor Center at 301-842-2155.
Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop. As well as programs in the Fort, the Parks visitor centre and exterior museums have more exhibits about its history, including uniforms, artifacts, and a 10 minute video.
There is a service charge of $3 per car for Maryland residents and $5 per car for non-Maryland residents for this event. Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Please dress for inclement weather or hot sunny days.
Fort Frederick is located off of Rt 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool, MD. For more information about the Garrison Weekend or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm weekends.