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WW II Living History Weekend at Rose Hill Manor Park

WW II Living History Weekend at Rose Hill Manor Park

A weekend of family-friendly activities awaits visitors of all ages to Rose Hill Manor Park on Aug. 17, Saturday, and Aug. 18, Sunday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Living historians invite visitors to come and meet the "soldiers," visit their displays, tents, and encampments to experience their artifacts and learn about WW II infantry (including the Pacific theater), military women and civilians, the Red Cross, and life in the field and on the home front. Not to be missed will be a visit to the army nurse corps' tent hospital and quarters. The manor house will also feature displays (including American Red Cross Women in WWII - uniform & artifacts) related to the war.
Two facets of local history that might not be so well know will be emphasized. One will feature a display about the local German POW camp and the salvage yard in Frederick.
On Sunday, nearby Fort Ritchie will be highlighted with a display about "The Ritchie Boys." This secret intelligence-training mission will "come to life" as Dr. Max Horlick, one of the original "Ritchie Boys," arrives to entertain and enlighten with stories of his vast WW II experiences. In addition to this very special veteran on Sunday, members of the Frederick County Veteran's History Project will be available to share information about their special effort to document experiences of veterans, and not just those from WW II. (So... if you have served, please come and learn how your stories can become a valuable part of the living history of Frederick County to be passed on to succeeding generations.)
Just for fun, visitors might putt a few holes at "Ike's" mini golf course in the garden; children may create their own "military" dog tags and even make Scottie dog magnets resembling FDR's own special "Fala." Perhaps "Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt" might be glimpsed around the property or in the museum store.
Ice cream, candy, and soft drinks were rated by the Army procurement services as essential for maintaining troop morale. The Rose Hill "canteen" will offer Ice cream, soft drinks, water, that important WW II treat- the donut, and cookies for sale to booster visitors' morale!
In addition, Sunday will feature the Francis Scott Key Car Club's annual antique car show's large display of "vintage" autos.
Admission to the event is FREE with fees for refreshments and manor visitation.
The Children's Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 North Market Street, Frederick, MD, is operated by the Fred. Co. Div. of Parks & Rec. For further information call 301-600-1650 or visit

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