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March 26, 2013

Fort Frederick Opens Season With Historic Reenactments

by Martha

Who: Open to the Public

When: April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & April 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

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

Contact: 301-842-2155

The historic fort at Fort Frederick State Park opens for the 2013 season with the help of the 4th Legionary Corps!  The living historians will garrison the fort and demonstrate the life of Continental soldiers during the American War of Independence.

“This year promises to be very exciting at Fort Frederick State Park,” said Ranger Bob Study. “There are a number of new programs being offered with new reenactment units garrisoning the fort as well as fun outdoor programs designed for families over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Some old favorites return including the Market Fair, French and Indian War Muster, Ghost Walk, guided bike tours along the Western Maryland Rail Trail, and the Woodmont Lodge Open House.”

The fort will be open to visitors as follows:

April 6 – May 19: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

May 25 – September 2: Seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 7- November 3: Saturdays and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Fort Frederick State Park consists of the Western Maryland Rail Trail and Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area. Fort Frederick was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a 23.5 mile paved trail, which follows the path of the Western Maryland Railway. The trail is appropriate for walking, hiking, biking, and inline skating. Food, gift and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop during the scheduled hours.

 

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