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Fort Frederick State Park to Host French and Indian War Reenactments

Soldiers standing at attention When: May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Maryland residents: $3 per car; Non-residents: $5 per car
Contact: 301-842-2155

Historic Fort Frederick State Park will take visitors on a journey back in time with Joshua Beall’s Company of the Maryland Forces and the fort’s volunteer cannon crew reenacting what life was like at the fort during the French and Indian War.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m.; Lowering ceremony at 4 p.m.
  • Cannon firing demonstration at 11 a.m. and 3 pm.
  • Musket firing presentations every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer Company drills at 1 and 4 p.m.
  • Presentation on uniforms worn by Maryland Troops (inside the fort) at 12 p.m.
  • Ranging party on patrol at 2 p.m.
  • Laundry and hearth cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend

Visitors will get a firsthand look at the war which pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies. Fought between 1756 and 1763, the battle brought destruction to the Maryland frontier, forever changing the landscape of North America.

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. Click here for Fort Frederick State Park’s full calendar of events.