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Cannon Firing Demonstrations at Fort Frederick State Park

Cannon Firing Demonstrations at Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, MD: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will host a French and Indian War Artillery Weekend May 30-31, 2009.
The Artillery Weekend will feature presentations of the loading and firing of a British 6-pound cannon from the French and Indian War period. The French and Indian War, fought between 1754 and 1763, brought destruction to the frontiers of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As a result, the colony of Maryland constructed Fort Frederick in 1756 as its main line of security for the frontier. In its finished condition the fort included four 6-pound cannons, which played an essential role in the location, design, and defense of the fort. Due to Fort Frederick's unusually strong defenses, it successfully deterred French and Indian raiding parties and restored stability to the frontier.
Cannon firing demonstrations, as well as programs explaining the significance of artillery in the history of Fort Frederick will be presented throughout the weekend. Times for the Artillery demonstrations are 11am, 1pm, and 3pm each day.
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. Please dress for inclement weather or hot sunny days. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at the park store located near the fort.
Fort Frederick was restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps and currently operates as a living history museum. 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.
Fort Frederick is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, in Big Pool, MD. For more information about the Artillery Weekend or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 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, for more information, see; www.marylandmemories.com.

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