BIG POOL - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will be hosting an 18th-century Artillery Weekend Oct. 27-28 at Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event features presentations of the loading and firing of a British 6-pound cannon from the French and Indian War period.
The French and Indian War, fought between 1754 and 1763, brought destruction to the frontiers of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. As a result, the colony of Maryland constructed Fort Frederick in 1756 as its main line of security for the frontier. In its finished condition, the fort included four 6-pound cannons, which played an essential role in the location, design and defense of the fort.
Due to Fort Frederick's unusually strong defenses, it successfully deterred French and Indian raiding parties and restored stability to the frontier.