January 30, 1998
HANCOCK - The Washington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing before deciding whether to close a service road at Licking Creek west of Big Pool. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources asked the commissioners to close the road because of criminal activity, including illegal hunting, drug and alcohol use, littering, dumping and camping. Ralph Young, manager of Fort Frederick State Park, said keeping the road open would pose safety issues for the Western Maryland Rail Trail, which is expected to open this spring.
July 29, 2011
Fort Frederick will host a hands-on nature program for children ages 8 to 12 Monday, Aug. 1 through Saturday, Aug. 6, at Fort Frederick State Park. The program consists of five sessions held from 9 to 11 a.m. plus an overnight camping experience on Saturday, Aug. 6 starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 301-842-2155 or go to www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/fortfrederick.asp.
April 15, 2008
The Maryland Park Service and the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park April 24 to 27. Visitors will meet more than 150 artisans, craftspeople and vendors who sell reproductions of 18th-century items, including furniture, clothing, guns, powder horns and hunting bags. Most of the goods for sale are handmade by the vendors themselves, and many of these individuals, known as sutlers, will demonstrate their crafts.
July 11, 2013
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will offer a Junior Ranger Program Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, at Fort Frederick State Park for ages 8 to 12. The five-day session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the nature center. This year's program will feature the earth sciences, with units in Potomac River studies, astronomy, geology, meteorology and basic ecology. Each session will be led by a park naturalist and a ranger. Children will assemble take-home projects, engage in crafts, hiking and nature-related games and activities, and explore the Potomac River's aquatic life.
April 25, 2002
email@example.com BIG POOL - Fort Frederick has Friends. Yes, that's "Friends" with a capital F. The mission of the independent, nonprofit group, one of the oldest of such organizations in Maryland, is to enhance and support state parks. The Friends of Fort Frederick also have friends - the Patuxents, the 40-member group sponsoring the eighth annual Market Fair and Rifle Frolic at the state park this weekend. Although there will be some black powder shooting and target practice, the weekend is not a battle re-enactment.
May 17, 2007
BIG POOL - The French and Indian War will be revisited at Fort Frederick State Park this weekend. The park is hosting a French and Indian War muster on Saturday and Sunday. Demonstrators will portray French and British soldiers, as well as civilian settlers and American Indians, park historian Steve Robertson said. The event, a somewhat annual tradition for about three decades, typically draws 100 participants and between 1,000 to 2,000 spectators, Robertson said. A quick history lesson: Fort Frederick exists because of the French and Indian War (1754-63)
April 20, 2005
BIG POOL - The History Channel filmed at Fort Frederick State Park on Monday. A film production company that works for the History Channel's "Battlefield Detectives" has been working with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., over the past year on a number of projects involving ballistics. Museum Executive Director George Wunderlich has been working with the Maryland Park Service, arranging for a cannon and a location to perform the live fire. The TV production crew is working on a project that involves a naval battle during the War of 1812.
October 5, 2008
The Friends of Fort Frederick Inc. and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced the return of the Ghost Walk at Fort Frederick State Park. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. The night will include a guided tour of the park. Along the route, visitors will encounter ghostly travelers from Fort Frederick's past. The fort is 252 years old. Visitors will walk through a guided "haunted" trail where they will encounter costumed actors re-enacting historical situations from the fort's past.