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October 11, 1999
The treasurer of the Friends of Fort Frederick withdrew her resignation and two new officers were elected during a meeting Monday evening. Katy Grosh of Hagerstown was reinstated as treasurer; Chas. Rittenhouse of Boonsboro was named president and Bill Weaver of Boonsboro was named vice president of the volunteer organization that supports the state park. During a meeting on Sept. 14, Scott Allen, president; Kenny Moore, vice president; Grosh; and Gary Dyson, secretary, resigned.
NEWS
January 18, 2007
BIG POOL - The annual attendance at Fort Frederick State Park in 2006 was nearly double that of previous years. "This has been the busiest year at Fort Frederick that anyone can remember," Park Manager Angela Hummer said. "We rechecked our car counter about four times during the year to be sure it was working properly. We could not believe the figures, and we triple-checked the math. " More than 82,000 people visited the park in 2006, according to Hummer. This includes people who stopped at the park's visitors center.
NEWS
September 19, 2005
BIG POOL - Rich, green pine trees dot the sides of the road that lead to a fort with four 120-foot-long walls. Each of those huge limestone walls forms an arrow point at the end. Two renovated buildings make up the east and west barracks in the fort; the east one is the museum. Gov. Horatio Sharpe ordered the fort built in 1754 to protect the western front in the French and Indian War. In 1763, American Indian Chief Pontiac staged a rebellion, and the fort provided shelter for civilians and other militia.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | September 14, 1999
All four officers of the Friends of Fort Frederick, a volunteer group that supports the state park, resigned Monday night without giving any reason, park and group representatives said. [cont. from front page ] "I'm sad to see them resign. They were good citizens," said Park Manager Ralph Young. "They apparently are going to stay active with the group. " Scott Allen, of Fairplay, who had been the group's president for about three years, would not comment on his resignation or those of the other three officers.
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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...
NEWS
September 24, 2006
BIG POOL - Fort Frederick served as frontier defense in Maryland during the French and Indian War. This year, the fort celebrates its 250th anniversary. The fort now is a state park. Gov. Horatio Sharpe had the fort built in 1756 to protect English settlers from French and Indian raiding parties and to serve as a base of supplies for attacking the French, according to information provided by the park. In 1763, American Indian Chief Pontiac staged a rebellion, and the fort provided shelter for civilians and other militia.
NEWS
April 22, 2000
BIG POOL - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service and Fort Frederick State Park will host the sixth annual Market Fair and Rifle Frolic next Thursday, April 27, through Sunday, April 30. The event is sponsored by the Patuxents for the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park Inc. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience life as it was on the frontier from 1640 through 1840 and witness artisans, craftsmen and...
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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.
NEWS
By ALLAN POWELL | October 16, 2009
In 1990, I authored a small book, "Fort Loudoun," which was about a fort that was situated near the center of Winchester, Va., where the Loudoun Apartments now stand. It was one of three forts in North America named in honor of Lord Loudoun, who commanded British forces for a period during the French and Indian War. The only remaining evidence of the site is a well in the backyard of a home next to the apartments. Over 100 feet deep, it was blasted out of limestone by black powder.
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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Linda Irvin-Craig | November 21, 2012
The weekend of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, they came from North Dakota, Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Nebraska, which had the largest contingency, and met with an equal number from Maryland to experience the anniversary and much more. These families all had a common ancestor from Washington County and they were here to celebrate their personal history, as well. This common ancestor, Henry Eavey, entered the colonies in 1732 through Philadelphia, migrated into Maryland very soon thereafter and Washington County (actually Prince George's County at the time)
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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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Linda Irvin-Craig | October 25, 2011
During those 25 years, the organization worked diligently to save Fort Frederick in Big Pool and Washington Monument in Boonsboro. These two historic structures represent major periods in the history of our nation and our county. The Washington Monument is the nation's first monument built in honor of the United States' first president, George Washington. It was built by citizens of the first county of 31 in the United States named for him (and perhaps the first geographic designation anywhere that was not on lands of his family holdings)
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By ALLAN POWELL | October 16, 2009
In 1990, I authored a small book, "Fort Loudoun," which was about a fort that was situated near the center of Winchester, Va., where the Loudoun Apartments now stand. It was one of three forts in North America named in honor of Lord Loudoun, who commanded British forces for a period during the French and Indian War. The only remaining evidence of the site is a well in the backyard of a home next to the apartments. Over 100 feet deep, it was blasted out of limestone by black powder.
NEWS
January 18, 2007
BIG POOL - The annual attendance at Fort Frederick State Park in 2006 was nearly double that of previous years. "This has been the busiest year at Fort Frederick that anyone can remember," Park Manager Angela Hummer said. "We rechecked our car counter about four times during the year to be sure it was working properly. We could not believe the figures, and we triple-checked the math. " More than 82,000 people visited the park in 2006, according to Hummer. This includes people who stopped at the park's visitors center.
NEWS
September 24, 2006
BIG POOL - Fort Frederick served as frontier defense in Maryland during the French and Indian War. This year, the fort celebrates its 250th anniversary. The fort now is a state park. Gov. Horatio Sharpe had the fort built in 1756 to protect English settlers from French and Indian raiding parties and to serve as a base of supplies for attacking the French, according to information provided by the park. In 1763, American Indian Chief Pontiac staged a rebellion, and the fort provided shelter for civilians and other militia.
NEWS
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 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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