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Historic Fort Frederick Opens Season With Reenactment

Rifles ready for battle

Big Pool, Md. (March 26, 2012)Historic Fort Frederick will take participants back in time during its season opener with members of the recreated 4th Legionary Corp. The living historians will garrison the fort and demonstrate the life of Continental soldiers during the American War of Independence from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

“Park staff and volunteers are excited to open the fort for another year with a visit from the 4th Legionary Corp,” said Bob Study, Park Ranger at Fort Frederick State Park. “They have for many years supported the Maryland Park Service’s mission of preserving the State’s heritage by volunteering their time and talent to bring Fort Frederick back to life each season.”

Visitors who attend the program can expect to witness Revolutionary War soldiers both on foot and horseback as they prepare for the campaign season with musket drills and field maneuvers. They will also experience what daily life was like for the soldiers who fought for this county’s independence.

The historic fort will be staffed by French and Indian War period attired interpreters every Saturday and Sunday beginning March 31. The fort will be open seven days a week through the summer starting May 28.

There is a service charge for entrance into the fort and for most special events. Disabled access is available; however, most of event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at the park store located near the fort.

The Fort Frederick State Park is a complex consists of Fort Frederick State Park, the Western Maryland Rail Trail and Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area.

Fort Frederick is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, in Big Pool, Md. For more information about this event or other Fort Frederick activities, call the park at 301-842-2155 or visit

   March 26, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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