Ghostly tales at Fort Frederick

October 18, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

BIG POOL - Back by popular demand, the Fort Frederick Ghost Walk will return Saturday after a two-year hiatus.

The one-night-only affair is a fundraiser for Friends of Fort Frederick State Park. The event has attracted more than 1,000 people to Fort Frederick State Park in past years, said Betsey Lillard, a member of the group's organizing committee.

"I've gotten so many people asking me, 'When are you going to have the ghost walk?'" Lillard said.

On Saturday, guides will lead groups through dark, "haunted" woods and inside the stone fort's walls. The tour is just over a half mile and lasts about 15 minutes, Lillard said.

Along the way, costumed characters will depict scenes from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War eras. While what happens on the tour - which Lillard asked The Herald-Mail not to divulge - is realistic, people should not take what they see as fact.


"We don't want someone to go on the tour and say 'A man was hung at Fort Frederick, right here, at this very spot,'" she said. "It might not have happened here, but it certainly did happen at that time period."

Visitors can expect a few surprises and a bit of dark humor, Lillard said.

Friends of Fort Frederick State Park - a nonprofit group that buys equipment, interpretive supplies and costumes for the park - revived the ghost walk with the help of Fort Frederick State Park's staff. Lillard said the group hopes to help pay for a new cannon for the park.

If you go ...

WHAT: Fort Frederick Ghost Walk

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Gate closes promptly at 9 p.m., but anyone in line by then will get in.

WHERE: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool.

COST: $5, ages 12 and older; $3, ages 6 to 11; and free for ages 5 and younger.

MORE: Recommended for ages 6 and older. Call 301-842-2155.

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