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French and Indian War Muster at Fort Frederick State Park, August 24 and 25

Reenactors to Exhibit Life in Western Maryland During French and Indian War

Photo of Battle ReenactmentHistorical reenactors will take visitors on a journey back in time to the French and Indian War with volunteer living historians exhibiting the life of the French, British, and American Indian cultures during the French and Indian War Muster. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm.

“Activities throughout the weekend will give visitors a look into the lives of the people who fought on Maryland’s western frontier during the French and Indian War,” said Bob Study, Park Ranger at Fort Frederick State Park.  

Highlights of the event include:

  • Military Formation and camps open at 9:00 a.m. both days
  • Battle Demonstrations at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • American Indian programs at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, 11:00 a.m. on Sunday
  • Military Music of the French and Indian War at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday

The weekend program takes a deeper look at the relationships between the different cultures that fought for control of North America. The French and Indian War, fought between 1756 and 1763, changed the landscape and fabric of the North American continent forever. The war, which pitched the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies, brought destruction to the Maryland frontier. As a result, the colony of Maryland constructed Fort Frederick in 1756 as its main line of defense for securing the frontier.

Gifts, snacks, and souvenirs will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop. The Clear Spring Lions Club will have hot dogs, chips, and water for sale during the program. An expanded group of sutlers including a basket maker, potters, a hornsmith, and a furniture maker will also be available during the weekend selling their reproduction 18th century wares.

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 Interstate 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, in Big Pool, Maryland. For more information about the Muster Weekend or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.