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More than 82,000 visited Fort Frederick State Park in 2006

January 18, 2007

BIG POOL - The annual attendance at Fort Frederick State Park in 2006 was nearly double that of previous years.

"This has been the busiest year at Fort Frederick that anyone can remember," Park Manager Angela Hummer said. "We rechecked our car counter about four times during the year to be sure it was working properly. We could not believe the figures, and we triple-checked the math."

More than 82,000 people visited the park in 2006, according to Hummer. This includes people who stopped at the park's visitors center.

"We also saw an increased number of people who traveled on the C&O Canal towpath and made a point of visiting the fort, and a lot of people who heard about the park, and simply came for camping or deer-watching," she said.

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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. 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 Gov. Horatio Sharpe for building the fort.

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