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Linda Irvin-Craig | November 22, 2011
The Washington County Historical Society chose as its first preservation efforts in 1911 the Washington Monument and Fort Frederick because of their importance to both local and national historic events. The history of the monument was covered in last month's column, this column will follow Fort Frederick's history. Advocacy on behalf of the fort dragged on for 11 years, causing huge frustration among WCHS board members. The State of Maryland did acquire the fort, known as the "Gibraltar on the Potomac," and the surrounding forest lands in 1922.
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by MARLO BARNHART | April 25, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com BIG POOL - Choosing vacation time for many people involves calculating the best weather for a cruise or a week at the beach or, perhaps, the most advantageous snow conditions at a favorite ski resort. For Bob Yetter, the key factor in his vacation choice is finding out when the Fort Frederick State Park Market Fair will be held each spring. A volunteer interpreter at the park, Yetter doesn't just show up for the event, he throws himself headlong into the 18th century with his attire, his lifestyle and even his address for the four-day event, which ended Sunday.
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By JORDAN LESSIG | April 24, 2008
Special to The Herald-Mail Don't let anyone tell you that there's nothing to do in Western Maryland - one of the benefits of living in such a historically notable area is that there is never a shortage of enthusiastic artists and historians ready to bring the past alive again. The Friends of Fort Frederick State Park and the Maryland Park Service will be hosting the 14th annual 18th Century Market Fair today through Sunday, April 27. It will be a historically accurate reproduction of an 18th century fair.
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September 1, 2011
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present an evening of star gazing Saturday at 8 p.m. at Fort Frederick State Park. The event will be at the newly created amphitheater behind the nature center. The nature center is next to Captain Wort's store across the road from the fort. The astronomy program will be presented by a park naturalist. The lunar surface, double stars, galaxies, star clusters, the Milky Way and other deep sky objects can be viewed through the park's new 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope.
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April 6, 2006
BIG POOL - The 250th Anniversary of Fort Frederick celebration committee has been meeting for several years to develop plans for the May 26-28 event. Members of the Friends of Fort Frederick, current and former staff members of Fort Frederick State Park, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees, a campaign consultant, and Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) President Tom Riford have been busy finalizing details. The celebration will include living history encampments and programs, period music, artillery demonstrations, fireworks and the opportunity to get a special 250th anniversary stamp cancellation.
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by TARA REILLY | May 27, 2006
BIG POOL - A loud blast of a cannon left a cloud of smoke hovering over a grassy area on Friday just outside the stone walls of Fort Frederick State Park. It signaled the start of a weekend that had been planned for three years - the fort's 250th anniversary. Park Manager Angie Hummer said about 5,000 people are expected to attend this weekend's celebration. A small crowd, mostly re-enactors, gathered at the fort for Friday's opening ceremony, which saw former park Superintendent Ralph Young address the crowd dressed as Gov. Horatio Sharpe.
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by MARLO BARNHART | May 28, 2006
BIG POOL - Many who ventured to Fort Frederick State Park for the three-day celebration of the fort's 250th anniversary have been from out of town. Some were first-timers who said they were delighted with their decision to visit the fort for at least part of their Memorial Day holiday activities. A few even were humbled by the experience. Natives of South America, Marcelo and Marisol Albornoz discovered the fort Saturday afternoon with their nephew, Francisco Aguirre, a student at Villanova University.
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by MARLO BARNHART | April 10, 2007
BIG POOL, Md. - As she heads into her second summer as park manager at Fort Frederick State Park, Angela Hummer said she is hoping that efforts to make the site more attractive to tourists will continue to produce phenomenal results. The annual attendance for Fort Frederick in 2006 was nearly double than that of previous years. The staff knew the visitation numbers were up over the previous year but were surprised to find out that there were almost twice as many visitors. "This has been the busiest year at Fort Frederick that anyone can remember," Hummer said in a prepared release.
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September 12, 2007
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service are hosting an 18th-century Artillery Weekend this Saturday and Sunday at Fort Frederick State Park. The Artillery Weekend will feature park staff and volunteers demonstrating the loading and firing of a British 6-pound cannon of the French and Indian War period. The French and Indian War, which was fought between 1756 and 1763, changed the landscape and fabric of North America forever. The war, which pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies, brought destruction to the Maryland frontier.
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October 16, 2007
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.
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