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by TARA REILLY | December 14, 2005
BIG POOL tarar@herald-mail.com 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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by JULIE E. GREENE | May 21, 2006
BIG POOL - It's a recent Thursday evening, a night I would usually be home eating a hot meal and watching the ballgame. Instead there is no TV, no radio, no hot meal and no cushioned chair. There is a hard wood bench made from a split log and a dark wooden table in a room bookended by huge stone fireplaces. I know because I saw them not long before the sun set. With only two candles lit in two wooden lanterns with punched tin tops, I can only make out those things within a foot and a half of the candlelight now. The darkness amplifies every sound and movement in the shadows.
NEWS
By KAREN HANNA | October 30, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Motorists should be on the lookout for deer as the weather turns cold and the animals' thoughts turn to mating, officials said. "They have one thing on the mind, and it is not oncoming traffic," Washington County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Daniel Faith said Sunday. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, about 1.5 million crashes involving deer occur every year. About 155 people die in those accidents. Last year, deer were involved in 2,341 crashes in Pennsylvania that killed nine people.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | May 28, 2006
BIG POOL - Granted, everyone who came to Fort Frederick State Park for the 250th anniversary weekend celebration was surrounded by the history of the place. But for the Williams family, it wasn't just any history - it is their history, too. For 54 years beginning just before the Civil War and lasting into the early 1900s, the Nathan Williams family owned and farmed the land on which Fort Frederick stands. "We came here for this from New Jersey," said Jean Johnson, wife of Donald Johnson, whose mother was a Williams.
NEWS
BY DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | April 26, 2002
dank@herald-mail.com Frank Davis wasn't wearing any pants, and Leon Salisbury wore a wolf's-head hat, but it was the few people in so-called normal clothes who seemed out of place at Fort Frederick State Park on Thursday. Davis and Salisbury were among the hundreds of people in "period" dress at the park for the first day of the Eighth annual Market Fair and Rifle Frolic, which runs through Sunday. Instead of pants, Davis was wearing leather leggings and a cloth called a breech clout, which he described as Indian-style clothing from the 1750s.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | November 7, 1998
BIG POOL, Md. - Nearly two dozen muzzleloading enthusiasts braved blustery fall winds and a fickle sun Saturday on the first day of a weekend shoot, all to practice their hobby at Fort Frederick State Park. It's not an avocation for everyone. It takes a good eye, a steady hand and patience ... above all, patience. "I enjoy muzzleloading all year long," said Grayson Babington of Clear Spring. And his love of the hobby has been part of his life for 30 years. Saturday, Babington was shooting with friends, George Fisher of Clear Spring, and Les Boyd of Frederick, Md. After one particular round, Babington produced his paper turkey target to park officials with several bull's-eyes to the head.
NEWS
by ANDREA ROWLAND | April 22, 2004
andrear@herald-mail.com Two Tri-State area forts will open their gates to traders, trappers, soldiers and civilians during 18th-century market fair celebrations today through Sunday. Historically, the market fair was a few-day-long gathering to trade, buy and sell crafts, furs, produce, clothing, fabric and other supplies needed for the year to come. Participants also showcased their frontier and shooting skills, swapped tales of adventure and shared news from the Colonies, according to information from the Great North American Rendezvous Web site at www.gnarendezvous.
NEWS
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 JULIE E. GREENE | October 7, 2007
Fans of all things spooky will have a chance to pay respects to Leitersburg Haunted House this month, as organizers will let the treasure trove of scares R.I.P. after this, its 30th season. The volunteer effort required and the increasing difficulty in meeting fire safety and building code requirements have led the Leitersburg Ruritan Club and Leitersburg Youth Organization to declare this season the last for the popular Leitersburg Haunted House, said Kelly Eakle, one of the organizers.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2012
1. A trip back in time Fort Frederick State Park hosts its annual 18th-Century Market Fair. The fair includes artisans, craftspeople and sutlers and an 18th-century encampment. The fort will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The fort is at 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Admission is $3; $2, ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-842-2155 or go to www.friendsoffortfrederick.info.
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