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Open house planned at historic Woodmont Lodge

September 10, 2009

BIG POOL -- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service and Fort Frederick State Park will host an open house at the Woodmont Lodge on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The lodge is a treasure trove of antiquities and collectibles from the hunt club's vivid past.

It played host to numerous national sports heroes and celebrities, including Presidents James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Woodmont Lodge was founded in 1870 as a rod and gun club for men of prominence. The present-day massive building was completed in the 1930s.

The lodge also played host to numerous national sports heroes, including Babe Ruth and Gene Tunney and other celebrities. Organized in 1870 as the nation's premier hunt club, Woodmont was in continuous operation for almost 125 years.

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Today. the Woodmont Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and Fort Frederick State Park jointly manage the Woodmont Lodge and property. The Woodmont property is off Interstate 68 (Exit 77) on Woodmont Road. The lodge entrance is on the left.

For more information, call Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155.

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