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Historic Fort Frederick State Park Hosts To Garrison the Fort

Photo of the fort and demonstration

Big Pool, Md. (May 4, 2012) – 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.

Fort Frederick is located off of Rt 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.

   May 4, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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