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2010 French and Indian War Muster to be held at Fort Frederick State Park

2010 French and Indian War Muster to be held at Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, MD: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, Fort Frederick State Park will host the annual French and Indian War Muster on August 28 and 29.
The Muster will feature volunteer reenactors who will portray both military and civilian people from the French and Indian War. The French and Indian War, which was fought between 1756 and 1763, permanently changed the course of North American history. The war pitched the French and their Indian allies against the English and their Indian allies, and brought devastation to the Maryland Frontier. During the Muster, Fort Frederick will come back to life to demonstrate and to relive the trials and triumphs of both sides as they attempted to secure a permanent outcome of the struggle to control North America.
The volunteer reenactors will exhibit life among the French, British and American Indian cultures that inhabited North America. Daily activities include military musters, cannon firing demonstrations, discussions of period uniforms and clothing, and demonstrations of everyday life during the period.
Tactical demonstrations will be held Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, which will present a first hand look at 18th century frontier warfare. Gifts, souvenirs, and snacks will be available for purchase at Captain Wort's Sutler Shop. Several period sutlers will also be selling their wares.
Fort Frederick State Park is the home of Fort Frederick, America's premier stone colonial fort. It was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect its western boundaries and as a base to attack French claims to the Ohio River valley. Known as Western Maryland's "First Homeland Security" and the "Gibraltar on the Potomac," the fort was restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's. Located inside the fort are two reconstructed enlisted men's barracks. Fort Frederick is the only stone fort built by a British colony during the French and Indian War period. Currently, the fort operates as a living history museum. The fort is known to be the largest stone fort built by a British colony.
The 2010 Muster activity hours are 10am to 4pm Saturday, and 11am to 3pm Sunday. There is a service charge for this event. Disabled access is available for this event. 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 Rt 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool, MD. For more information about the Muster or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 1-301-842-2155 during the office hours of 9am to 4pm.
Fort Frederick State Park is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitors also can enjoy the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 23-mile paved path that follows the former Western Maryland Railway and is owned and operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service; hiking; fishing in the C&O Canal; camping; flat water canoeing; picnic grounds; a Civilian Conservation Corps museum; a concession store; and a visitors center. Also see: www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/FortFrederick.html.
To learn more about Washington County, visit the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.marylandmemories.com. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (http://hallowedground.org). Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: www.quadstate81.com.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com

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