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Fort Frederick State Park Hosts French and Indian War Muster Program August 25 and 26

Big Pool, Md. (August 16, 2012) ─  French, British and American Indian reenactors will take visitors on a journey back to the Maryland Frontier during the French and Indian War from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, August 26 at Historic Fort Frederick State Park. Highlights of the event include 18thcentury living history demonstrations and battle reenactments.

“The muster offers visitors a chance to not only see French and Indian War military tactics during the battle reenactments but also an opportunity to visit the camps and fort to experience what life was like during the colonial period of our county’s history,” said Park Ranger Bob Study.

Highlights of the event include:
• Fort flag raising ceremony: 10 a.m. both days
• Fort flag lowering ceremony: 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
• Battle reenactments: 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days
• People of the French and Indian War: 12:30 p.m. both days

In addition to these events; on Saturday there will be a presentation on 18th century British military engineering at 1 p.m. followed by a ladies’ tea at 3 p.m.; Sunday will feature a period church service at 10:30 a.m. and a military court martial at 1 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, period craftsmen will demonstrate 18th century skills such as wood working, and vendors will be selling unique reproductions from the era.

“The French and Indian War, fought between 1756 and 1763, changed the landscape and fabric of the North American continent forever,” said Study. “Come experience the epic war that pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies.”

There is a $3 service charge per vehicle for Maryland residents and $5 per vehicle for non-residents. Disabled access is available; however, most of the 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 Captain Wort's Sutler Shop. The Clear Spring Lions Club will also be selling hot dogs, chips and bottled water.

Fort Frederick is located off of Rt 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool. More information is available by calling the park at 301-842-2155.


   August 16, 2012

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

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