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DNR Opens Historic Lodge To Public September 10

Woodmont Lodge

Pearre, Md. (September 6, 2011) - The Maryland Park Service invites the public to tour the historic Woodmont Lodge at Fort Frederick State Park during a fall open house on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Showcasing the beautiful 1930’s era Woodmont Lodge and surroundings, the open house enables visitors to see a treasure trove of antiquities and collectibles from the hunt club’s vivid past.

“Showcasing the picturesque and historic Woodmont Lodge and its surroundings, participants will be treated to stories of the early days of conservation and wildlife management in Maryland,” said Ranger Andrew Vecchio. “Volunteers will describe the vivid history of the property and answer any questions our guests may have.”

Woodmont Lodge was built in 1930 and was the third building on the grounds of (what was then known as) the Woodmont Rod & Gun Club. The Lodge and its property are owned by the State of Maryland and the building is only open to the public on two Saturdays every year. Under a management agreement with the Izaac Walton League, the Woodmont Club uses the property for six months each year.

The Fort Frederick State Park complex is the home of Fort Frederick, Maryland’s premier stone fort. It was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect its western boundaries and as a base to attack French claims to the Ohio River valley.The Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area and the Western Maryland Rail Trail are part of the Fort Frederick State Park complex.

The Woodmont lodge is located at 11761 Woodmont Road in Pearre, Md. The tour is free and registration is not required. For more information, call 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or visit dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/western/FortFrederick.asp.


   September 6, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov