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Historic Fort Frederick State Park hosts to Garrison the Fort

Historic Fort Frederick State Park hosts to Garrison the Fort

Big Pool, MD: Historic Fort Frederick will take visitors on a journey back in time to the French and Indian War with Joshua Beall's Company of the Maryland Forces and the fort's volunteer cannon crew. The living historians will garrison the fort and demonstrate the life of the Maryland Forces from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12 and 13.
"The To Garrison the Fort program combines two old favorite events, Garrison Weekend and Artillery Weekend," said Bob Study, Park Ranger at Fort Frederick State Park. "The demonstration is our attempt to recreate the life and times at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War."
Highlights of the event include:
* Flag raising ceremony at 10 a.m.
* Flag lowering ceremony at 4 p.m.
* Musket firing presentations at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
* Military drills (children may participate) at 1 and 4 p.m.
* Presentation on uniforms worn by Maryland Troops (inside the fort) at 12 p.m.
Visitors can also accompany the Maryland Forces as they leave the fort for a short ranging or scouting party from the fort's front gate at 2 p.m. Throughout the weekend, laundry and hearth cooking demonstrations will take place in the barracks.
The French and Indian War, which was 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 security for the frontier. At the same time, Maryland raised five companies of troops to garrison the fort and patrol the frontier. One of these companies was commanded by Joshua Beall. Due to Fort Frederick's unusually strong defenses and the efforts of these soldiers, the French and Indian raiding parties were successfully deterred and stability was restored to the frontier.
There is a service charge 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. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort's Sutler Shop.
Known as the "Gibraltar on the Potomac," Fort Frederick is located off of Interstate-70 exit 12 at State Route 56 in Big Pool, Md. For more information about the Garrison Weekend or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Frederick State Park is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see:
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. __Washington County has five national parks, eight state parks, over 30 museums, a renowned professional symphony orchestra, a professional minor league baseball team, and the county has been ranked first in the State of Maryland in the Retail Opportunity Index. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (, and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area ( Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: Civil War Sesquicentennial information can be found at A PDF file of the events is here:

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