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June 17, 2013

Fort Frederick to Host Daily Historic Programs this Summer

by Martha

Who: Open to the Public

When: Weekdays, June 24 – Sept. 2; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Md. residents: $3 per car; Non-residents: $5 car

Contact: 301-842-2155

Fort Frederick is kicking off summer with a new lineup of programs and reenactments taking place Monday through Friday all season long inside its historic fort. Visitors will experience what life was like in the fort during the French and Indian War. 

Featured programs include:

  • Flag Raising (10 a.m.): A chat about the fort’s unique flag and what its different parts represented
  • Musket Firing Demonstrations (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.): A look at how flintlock weapons of the 18th century worked
  • Living History (12 & 3 p.m.): Guests may participate in a daily task performed by the fort’s soldiers and women
  • Children’s Drill (1 & 4 p.m.): Children and adults can take part in a drill session to understand why the soldiers fought the way they did during the French and Indian War
  • Flag Lowering (5 p.m.)

“In addition to the scheduled programs historical interpreters dressed clothing of the period will be doing what those who garrisoned Fort Frederick in 1758 did,” said Ranger Bob Study.  “You may find a laundress repairing clothing, a soldier cleaning the barracks room or a member of the Maryland militia practicing firing his musket.”

Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop. All programs are weather permitting and will not take place during special events and programs that have their own schedule. Click here for Fort Frederick State Park’s full calendar of events.

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