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LIFESTYLE
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.
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NEWS
February 15, 2011
A television program filmed last summer at Fort Frederick Sate Park will air tonight on the National Geographic Channel. "Caught by the SS: The Wereth Eleven" documents the final days of 11 African-American soldiers of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who escaped The 18th Volksgrenadiers after their unit was overrun at the start of the Battle of the Bulge, according to a National Geographic Channel promotion. Their 10-mile trek from their battery position to Wereth, Belgium, led them to take refuge with a Belgian family until a Nazi sympathizer revealed their position to an SS reconnaissance patrol.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2008
BIG POOL -- It was like going back to the 18th century, except with credit cards and talk of rising gas prices. Re-enactors were dressed in attire that would have been common during the French and Indian War Thursday during the first day of the 14th annual 18th Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick State Park. However, shoppers looking for period clothing, blankets, weapons and other items common in the 18th century were talking about the price of gas and paying for their purchases with credit cards.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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