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2019 Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair

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Journey to the past at the 25th Annual Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair on April 25-29, 2019 at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland. The Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair features the best period artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers together with an 18th Century encampment. Explore Maryland’s French and Indian War era stone fort built in 1756. See hundreds of reenactors and 18th century sutlers (vendors) selling 18th C. period wares: paintings and prints, clothing and fabric, books, camp gear, muskets, fireplace and cooking hardware, lanterns, copperware, etc. Attend the Auction on Saturday for great buys on items donated by the sutlers.

Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair

Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair is hosted by the “Friends of Fort Frederick” in partnership with the staff of Fort Frederick State Park. To get to the Market Fair, take exit 12 (MD 56) off of I-70, about 15 minutes west of Hagerstown. Hours are Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Entrance fees are: Adults – $5, Children 6 to 12 – $2, Children 5 and under – Free. 4-Day Passes are available – contact the Visitor Center at 301-842-2155.

When this event began in 1994, the Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair had much more of a rendezvous flavor. Participants portrayed time periods from the 1600s through the end of the mountain-man era in the 1840s, and even Plains-style teepee camps were common. In 2003, responsibility for organizing the event shifted from a regional blackpowder club to the Friends of Fort Frederick, who decided to honor the history of the region and limit the time period for portrayals to the 18th century.

Public Hours:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday

Public Admission:
Adults – $5.00
Ages 6 to 12 – $2.00
Ages 5 and Under – free
4-day passes available; contact the Park Visitor Center at 301-842-2155.

Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711

For More Information:
Fort Frederick State Park: 301-842-2155
Friends of Fort Frederick:
Volunteer Coordinator: George Michael 301-331-6939
Market Fair Committee Secretary Jenifer Scarisbrick 301-824-6512

Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair Mini Gallery