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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 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.
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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.
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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 | 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 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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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 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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April 20, 2005
BIG POOL - The History Channel filmed at Fort Frederick State Park on Monday. A film production company that works for the History Channel's "Battlefield Detectives" has been working with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., over the past year on a number of projects involving ballistics. Museum Executive Director George Wunderlich has been working with the Maryland Park Service, arranging for a cannon and a location to perform the live fire. The TV production crew is working on a project that involves a naval battle during the War of 1812.
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