DNR Shines a Spotlight in Fort Frederick State Park Volunteers


Fort Frederick State Park Ghost Walk

October 25, 2008


Photo Collage of Fort Frederick State Park Volunteers at Ghost Walk 2008

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Report from Sherian Hose, Administrative Specialist
Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711
(301) 842-2155

The Spirits of Fort Frederick returned to roam and haunt the site once again on October 25th.  Earlier down pours kept some visitors away, but over 500 turned out for the annual event hosted by the Friends of Fort Frederick. Volunteers from reenactment units, Boy Scouts, our Friends group,  staff family members and park employees from other sites came to give of their time and talents.

The Friends of Fort Frederick provided a light supper and then chose their scenario for the evening. Volunteers were then transformed with stage make-up, 18thcentury costuming and props into their chosen ďSpiritĒ to haunt the grounds for the evening.

Muskets were firing and screaming ghouls abounded while scenarios depicting smallpox victims, children being carried off, Indian attacks and medical scenarios, are only a few of the vignettes enjoyed by all.  Although the program is a big hit as a fright night, guests also learn about the Fortís history through the tour guides on the Ghost Walk.  Along with the history of the fort, local legends and stories are shared with visitors as they walk through the grounds.

At the end of the walk, tour guides thank our visitors for coming, tell about upcoming events and then lead their groups to the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) Museum for cider, cookies, candy and apples.

Community businesses providing support for the event were:

Tom Riford with the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and his staff, provided information to visitors and funds to advertise the event.

We extend  huge thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who made this event such a success.

Maybe next year you and your family can attend.

Mark Your Creepy Calendar for October 24, 2009, IF YOU DARE!

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