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Fort Frederick celebrates 250th anniversary

May 25, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

BIG POOL - At the 250th anniversary celebration of Fort Frederick, this weekend's activities will include living history demonstrations from the French and Indian, Revolutionary and Civil wars, organizers say.

Activities will celebrate the entire breadth of the fort's history, including a reunion of the descendants of Nathan Williams, says Betsey Lillard, event committee chairwoman. Williams, whose father was a freed slave, bought the fort in the 1800s and the family farmed the fort for several generations.

This weekend's activities, starting Friday, are free. The Friends of Fort Frederick State Park Inc. and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are sponsoring the three-day event.

Highlights include a skirmish between French and Indian and British and militia re-enactors at 2 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

A commemorative stamp cancellation with the 250th anniversary logo and a portrait of Gov. Horatio Sharpe, who had the fort built, will be sold on Friday and Saturday.

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Sharpe had the large stone frontier fort built to protect settlers in the area from French and Indian raiding parties.

To get to Fort Frederick State Park from Hagerstown, take Interstate 70 west to exit 12 at Md. 56 (Big Pool). Turn left onto Md. 56. Go one mile. The park entrance is on the right.

Food and beverages will be sold.

For information, call the park at 301-842-2155.




Schedule of events



Friday, May 26:

9 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Gates open

Noon to 4 p.m. - Living history programs in the fort

2 to 5 p.m. - Stamp cancellation in the Friends of Fort Frederick information tent

6 p.m. - Cannon salute, welcome and introductions

7 to 8 p.m. - Reception for the general public in the fort

8 p.m. - The Hildebrands play music of the 18th century

9 p.m. - Closing with bagpipes by Neal Redmond

Saturday, May 27th:

9 a.m. - Gates open

10 a.m. - Living history programs throughout the day

10 to 10:30 a.m. - Cannon demonstrations

10:30 a.m. - Flag raising

10:45 a.m. - The Hildebrands play music of the 18th century

10 a.m. to noon - Stamp cancellation in the Friends of Fort Frederick information tent

11:30 a.m. - Scales and Tales wildlife presentation

12:30 p.m. - 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Corps performance

1 to 1:30 p.m. - Cannon demonstrations

1 to 3 p.m. - Stamp cancellation

2 p.m. - French and Indian War tactical

2:30 p.m. - Scales and Tales

3 p.m. - Revolutionary War living history demonstration

4 p.m. - Civil War living history demonstration

5 p.m. - Cannon salute

5:30 to 7 p.m. - Welcome, Pass and Review of military through the ages, guest speakers and groundbreaking ceremony for Governor's House (officers' quarters)

7 p.m. - VIP reception for ticketed guests only

8 to 9 p.m. - The Wildcat Regiment Band performs Civil War-era music

9 p.m. Fireworks

Sunday, May 28:

9 a.m. - Gates open

10 a.m. - Flag raising and 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Corps performance

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Living history programs

Noon - French and Indian War tactical

1 p.m. - The Wildcat Regiment Band

2 p.m. - Civil War living history demonstration

3 p.m. - Revolutionary War living history demonstration




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