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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
June 23, 2011
About 150 members from about 70 Torch Clubs across the United States and Canada will gather at the Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center today through Sunday for the annual Torch Convention. It marks the first time the Hagerstown Torch Club has hosted the annual convention since the inauguration of the Hagerstown club in 1952, according to a club news release. The mission of the International Association of Torch Clubs is to encourage communication among members of different learned professions.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | June 15, 2011
Arrowheads, bullet molds and musket balls recovered during archaeological digs in Washington County were among the artifacts officials put on display Wednesday in downtown Hagerstown. Mary Alexander, administrator of the Museum Historical Trust Museum Assistance Program, said the items were unearthed in Washington County a long time ago and later stored by the state with about 8 million other artifacts for several decades. A few years ago, officials decided to release some of the historical pieces for public display.
LIFESTYLE
June 2, 2011
Colonial Children's Day will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Ages 8 to 12 learn hands-on 18th-century skills. There is a service fee and registration is required and limited. For more information, call Betsy Mellot at 301-842-2155.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | April 29, 2011
Two hundred fifty years are fading away at Fort Frederick State Park, where an encampment is recreating the past. It's part of the 17th Annual Market Fair, which runs through Sunday. For four days, the fort is a sea of white tents, while people live as settlers and sell their wares as sutlers. There are plenty of smiths — a silversmith, a goldsmith, a bladesmith. Dressed in 18th-century clothing, others are selling pottery, clothing, furniture and boiled peanuts. The Clear Spring Historical Society is running The Tavern on the Potowmak, a restaurant with a name honoring an historic spelling of Potomac.
NEWS
Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | April 25, 2011
Fort Frederick State Park will hold its annual 18th Century Market Fair this Thursday through Sunday. Now in its 17th year, the Market Fair features artisans, craftspeople and sutlers together with an 18th-century encampment. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. There is a service fee. For more information, call 301-842-2155. Historical Society seeks new members The Clear Spring District Historical Association is always looking for new members.
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
By ALLAN POWELL | May 14, 2010
In films, books and essays, it is claimed that Hessian prisoners of war were incarcerated at Fort Frederick during the American Revolution. Writers about this issue have no reluctance about making direct statements in the affirmative. Nonetheless, after several years devoted to the verification of this "fact," I have not found any reliable evidence for agreement. One important technical fact well known to all writers of history is that you have a footnote to show the authority of your sources.
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