Fort Frederick Hosts Living History Program
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Fort Frederick Hosts Living History Program

Fort Frederick State Park

Who: Open to the Public

When: Saturday, February 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool

Cost: Residents: $3 per car; Out-of-state residents: $5 per car

Contact: 301-842-2155

Costumed guides will take visitors on a journey back in time with the French and Indian War living history program, Freezing on the Frontier, in the west barracks of historic Fort Frederick. Participants will discover how soldiers stationed at frontier forts and survived the extreme American winters during the war.

The French and Indian War, fought between 1754 and 1763, brought destruction to the frontiers of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  As a result, the colony of Maryland constructed Fort Frederick in 1756 as its main line of security for the frontier. In its finished condition the fort included two large barracks to house the companies of troops Maryland raised to garrison the fort and patrol the frontier. The large, well-built barracks at Fort Frederick provided Maryland’s soldiers with a degree of comfort during the long cold winter months. Due to Fort Frederick’s unusually strong stone defenses and the efforts of these soldiers, the French and Indian raiding parties were successfully deterred and stability was restored to the frontier.

Disabled access is available; however, most of the program is situated within historic structures and on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Fort Frederick is located off of Interstate 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool.