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by JULIE E. GREENE | April 27, 2006
BIG POOL - Much like sutlers did in the 18th century, Neal Redmond sells handcrafted wares for a living. In his case, the wares are wearable. Redmond and his wife, Margie, make 18th-century-style military and civilian clothing, such as waistcoats, knee britches, long pants, shirts, sleep waistcoats, coats, hats and ladies clothing. They will be among more than 130 artisans, craftspeople and vendors at Fort Frederick's 12th annual 18th Century Market Fair today through Sunday.
April 27, 2001
Re-enactors at Fort Frederick travel back in time By TARA REILLY Joshua Wismer pulls Brigid and Erin McMenamin across the grass Thursday at Markey Fair at Fort Frederick. They came from Bucks County, Pa. Re-enactors from across the country set up tents as the four-day event got under way. Men in breeches and stockings and women in ankle-length wool skirts line up at a small tavern waiting for gobblers knob turkey stew and Aunt Toot's Garrison Holler Vegetable Soup.
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.
September 29, 1998
County to take part in reading program The Washington County Family Center will participate in the governor's "Reading Across Maryland" initiative on Sept. 30 at Washington County Family Center, 920 W. Washington St., Suite 100, Hagerstown. Carroll Springer, assistant director for Adult, Child and Family Services at Washington County Department of Social Services, will be there at 12:30 p.m. to read to participants and their children age 3 and younger. Each participant will receive a free book for his or her child.
By BRUCE HAMILTON | March 25, 1999
Fort Frederick State Park is buying 24 acres of neighboring land to prevent its future development. "It's going to benefit the park in perpetuity," said Park Manager Ralph Young. The purchase eliminates the potential for commercial and residential development beside the park, he said. The triangular parcel may also have historical significance. At the time of the fort's construction in 1756, a wagoner described in his journal a village of 18 buildings, according to Young.
July 5, 2010
BIG POOL -- Historical Entertainment LLC of Cascade, in cooperation with Rob Child & Associates, will film a PBS show titled "The Wereth Massacre" July 10 to 13 at Fort Frederick State Park near Big Pool. The film retraces the steps that 11 black GI's from the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion took when their unit was overrun by Germans at the start of the Battle of the Bulge, according to a news release from Historical Entertainment. Their 10-mile trek from their battery position to Wereth, Belgium, was the last journey of their lives, as a local resident turned them in to an SS scouting party.
November 1, 2011
1. Conservation on film American Conservation Film Festival runs Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6. Festival features films on conservation, including "The Polar Explorer," pictured. Three venues in Shepherdstown, W.Va. $40 full festival pass; $10, individual block tickets. For a list of films, go to www.conservationfilm .org. Call 304-876-7373 or email . 2. 'The Rivalry' begins Friday "The Rivalry," a play about the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
April 26, 1997
By JENNYLYNN BROWN Staff Writer BIG POOL, Md. - Visitors can take a stroll through the nation's early history this weekend at Fort Frederick State Park during the third annual Market Fair and Rifle Frolic. Re-enactors will portray traders and "sutlers" in full costumes from the 1640s to the 1840s showing and selling their wares. The three-day event started Friday. It will continue today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The entry fee is $3 per person.
By SCOTT BUTKI | July 10, 1999
BIG POOL - Keith Taylor of Pittsburgh "lucked out" Saturday: He just happened to come by Fort Frederick State Park on its Military Field Days weekend and received an up-close look at history in action. He was returning from visiting Harpers Ferry and Antietam Battlefield. When he opted to stop at Fort Frederick too he expected to see just another fort and battlefield, he said. Instead, he came across about 180 re-enactors. And he said he learned the fort was used for three different wars: the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. "It is pretty neat.
by TARA REILLY | December 14, 2005
BIG POOL Supporters of Fort Frederick State Park are trying to raise $1 million for the historic fort's 250th anniversary campaign that will include a weekend celebration and the reconstruction of a facility used as officers quarters during the French and Indian War. Campaign counsel David Kuder, campaign committee member Ralph Young and other members of Friends of Fort Frederick Inc. asked the Washington County...
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