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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | April 24, 2005
gregs@herald-mail.com BIG POOL - Tom Kerling stood aside from the dozen or so troops he was commanding before he began calling out orders Saturday at Fort Frederick State Park. Kerling, 31, of Westernport, Md., wore the clothes of a British sergeant during the French and Indian War, complete with red coat, black three-point hat and white stockings, and explained to the crowd of spectators the different ways a muzzle-loading rifle could be used. Of course, it could be fired.
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By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer | May 29, 1999
BIG POOL - In temperatures above 80 degrees, about 150 re-enactors dressed in wool coats and leggings reminiscent of the 1750s marched around Fort Frederick and re-created typical woodland skirmishes outside the stone walls of the fort Saturday afternoon. For Jim Rogers, dressed as a drummer for the Maryland forces, the 25th annual French and Indian War Muster at Fort Frederick is a great way for him and his family to learn and live history. Thanks to his father, Rogers said he has been involved in re-enactments since he was 5 years old. Now, at 28, he brings his wife and children along.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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By DAN DEARTH | March 14, 2008
BIG POOL - A plan to erect a cell phone tower near Fort Frederick State Park has caused concern among the project's opponents, who say the structure could damage the historic integrity of the fort. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday night approved a special exception that would permit a 199-foot-high communication tower in the 11000 block of Gehr Road, less than a mile from Fort Frederick, Assistant County Attorney Kirk C. Downey said. Downey said Vista PCS LLC, a private company, sought the special exception to build the tower so Verizon could satisfy a gap in service coverage.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | May 29, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com BIG POOL - Nine-year-old Daniel Rogers, sitting on a wooden bench Saturday inside Fort Frederick's imposing stone walls, twirled a toy pistol in his hands as his friend shifted a toy rifle between his shoulders. The Savage, Md., youngster is no stranger to the fort - his grandfather, Jim Rogers, is its former historian. Saturday, Daniel said, marked the ninth time he has attended the annual French and Indian War Muster at Fort Frederick State Park.
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