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Program to demonstrate soldiers' lives at fort

August 16, 2007

BIG POOL - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, will host a special living history program featuring Joshua Beall's Company of the Maryland Forces this weekend.

The "Garrison" Weekend will feature volunteers who will demonstrate the life of soldiers at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War.

The war, which was fought between 1756 and 1763, changed the landscape and fabric of the North American continent forever.

The war pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies. The war brought significant 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 four companies of troops to garrison the fort and patrol the frontier. One of the companies was commanded by Joshua Beall.

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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.

Musket-firing demonstrations and drill presentations, as well as programs explaining the daily life and routine of soldiers at Fort Frederick, will be presented throughout the weekend. Times for the Garrison Program are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

There is a service charge for the event. Disabled access is available; however, most of the activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Please dress for inclement weather or hot, sunny days. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort's Sutlery.

Fort Frederick is off Interstate 70, Exit 12 at Md. 56, Big Pool. For more information, call the park at 301-842-2155 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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