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5th Virginia Infantry To Visit Fort Frederick State Park

Big Pool, Md. (September 26, 2011) - Fort Frederick State Park will host a special living history program featuring the 5th Virginia Infantry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 1-2.

The Living History Weekend will feature volunteers demonstrating the life of the Confederate soldiers who fought Union Forces near Old Fort Frederick during the American Civil War. This will include firing demonstrations, drill presentations and a look at the soldiersí daily routines.

Fort Frederick was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and serve as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. The fort was restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Located inside the fort are two reconstructed enlisted menís barracks. Fort Frederick is the only stone fort built by a British colony during the French and Indian War period. The fort operates as a living history museum.

Disabled access is available but may be difficult in certain grassy areas. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort's Sutler Shop.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Route 70 exit 12 at State Route 56 in Big Pool, Md. For more information call 301-842-2155.

Marylandís State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally ó $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks óduring their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   September 26, 2011

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