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Fort Frederick group plans celebration

April 06, 2006

BIG POOL - The 250th Anniversary of Fort Frederick celebration committee has been meeting for several years to develop plans for the May 26-28 event.

Members of the Friends of Fort Frederick, current and former staff members of Fort Frederick State Park, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees, a campaign consultant, and Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) President Tom Riford have been busy finalizing details.

The celebration will include living history encampments and programs, period music, artillery demonstrations, fireworks and the opportunity to get a special 250th anniversary stamp cancellation.

Fort Frederick was built in 1756 by Maryland soldiers to protect English settlers from their French and Indian allies. It is the only colonial militia-built fort in the country.

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The fort was named in honor of Maryland's Lord Proprietor Frederick Calvert, Sixth Lord Baltimore, and was utilized in various capacities throughout its history. Historians credit Maryland's Governor Sharpe for building the fort, said to be the largest British colonial stone fortifications built during the French and Indian War.

For more information about the anniversary event, see www.friendsoffortfrederick.org or www.marylandmemories.com.

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