Cannon Firing Demonstrations At Fort Frederick State Park
Cannon Firing Demonstrations At Fort Frederick State Park, Oct. 27-28
(Big Pool, MD) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will be hosting an 18th Century Artillery Weekend, October 27-28, 2007 at Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County, from 10am to 4pm
The Artillery Weekend features 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 will take place each day at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Other programs explaining the significance of artillery in the history of Fort Frederick will be presented throughout the weekend.
For this event, there is a service charge of $3.00 per person and children 6 to 12, $2.00 per person. 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 the park store located near the Fort.
Fort Frederick was restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) 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, and the largest stone fort built by the British in the colonies. The park celebrated the 250th anniversary of the Fort's construction in 2006.
Fort Frederick is located off Interstate 70, exit 12 (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, 9 am to 4 pm., Monday through Friday.
Fort Frederick is known as "The Gibraltar on the Potomac," and is located next to the C&O Canal National Historical Park. For more information, see: www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/fortfrederick.html.
Fort Frederick State Park is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, for more information, see: www.marylandmemories.org.