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Fort Frederick Photo Wins National Award: Famous Cannon Fired

Fort Frederick Photo Wins National Award
Famous Cannon Fired

Angela Hummer's photograph of a cannon being fired at Fort Frederick State Park has been named the winner of the 2006 "Imaging Our National Heritage" National Historic Landmarks photo contest. It will be featured along with other winning photos in the National Historic Landmarks annual calendar.
Employees throughout the National Park Service cast thousands of votes for their favorite National Historic Landmark entries in the 2006 "Imaging Our Heritage" photo contest. "To have a photo from Washington County be named best in the country is wonderful news," said Tom Riford, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This national award shows the nation the depth of our local history and heritage, and publicizes the exciting treasures found here in Washington County."
The photo was taken at Fort Frederick's 250th Anniversary Ceremonies, held in May. Hummer, the Park Manager at Fort Frederick, had been updating the park's photo library for the website and brochures. In the process of taking more pictures, she happened to capture the winning moment.
"I entered the photo after several people said it was very good," Hummer said. "I saw it as a way to promote Fort Frederick and the Maryland Park Service. This was the first time I'd entered a photo contest and was completely surprised when I found out that I'd won."
During a one week voting period, over 800 National Park Service employees cast their votes and chose the 2006 National Historic Landmarks photo contest winners. According to the National Park Service: "Hummer's stop-action photo of a Civil War cannon firing demonstration at Fort Frederick captures much of what makes this National Historic Landmark such a special place."
The Civil War cannon, "Margie", is from South Mountain State Battlefield, and was fired by crew members under the command of Al Preston. "Margie" has been utilized in several network television shows and films, and is lovingly cared for by Department of Natural Resources personnel. "Margie" is named after Al Preston's wife.
Known as the "Gibraltar on the Potomac," Fort Frederick was the cornerstone of Maryland's frontier defense during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). The fort was named in honor of Maryland's proprietor, Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord Baltimore. It served as a prisoner-of-war camp for captured British and German soldiers during the War of Independence and continued to be used through the Civil War. Union soldiers fought a skirmish there on Christmas Day 1861. The fort was the largest colonial stone fort built by the British.
Fort Frederick is a Maryland State Park, which is open to the public. For more information, please visit
National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. The photo contest helps to highlight these partnership programs and raise awareness of our Nation's most significant historic and natural resources. For more information about the National Historic Landmark program, visit Too see coverage of the award-winning Fort Frederick photo, see: or

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