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Special Winter Program at Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, Md. (February 23, 2011) – The Maryland Park Service will host a special winter program entitled “To Guard Against the Extreme Climate” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday February 26 at Fort Frederick State Park. Participants will join park staff to discover how soldiers stationed at frontier forts, like Fort Frederick, survived the extreme winters during the French and Indian War.

Fort Frederick State Park is the home of Fort Frederick, America’s premier stone colonial fort. In 2006 the park celebrated the 250th anniversary of the fort’s construction.

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. In its finished condition the fort included two large barracks to comfortably house the four companies of troops that patrolled the frontier. Due to Fort Frederick’s unusually strong defenses and the efforts of these soldiers, the French and Indian raiding parties were successfully deterred and stability was restored to the frontier.

The program is free to the public. Disabled access is available; however, most of the program is situated within historic structures and on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks.  Please dress for the weather conditions.

Fort Frederick is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56. For more information please call 301-842-2155.

   February 24, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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