2019 Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster
Join the volunteers at the annual Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster on August 24-25, 2019 at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland. During the Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster, French, British, and American Indian reenactors assemble for three days of 18th century living history demonstrations and battle reenactments. Period crafts and food vendor will also be available. Hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.
Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster
Visitors will take a journey back in time to the 18th century as volunteer reenactors exhibit the life of the French, British and American Indian cultures during the French and Indian War Muster. The event will give visitors a firsthand look at what life was like for the soldiers and women stationed there during this time.
Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Highlights of the Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster include:
- Flag Raising Ceremony & Camp Opener at 9:30 a.m.
- Battle Demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- Flag Lowering Ceremony, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday will also feature: Soldiers of the War at 12:30 p.m.; Military Engineering at 1:00 p.m.; and Military Music at 3:30 p.m. There will be a Period Religious Service on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Throughout the Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster weekend visitors will get a firsthand look at the war which pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies. Fought between 1756 and 1763, the battle brought destruction to the Maryland frontier, forever changing the landscape of North America.
Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop. The Clear Spring Lions Club will also have hot dogs, chips and water for sale during the program. Several sutlers will be selling their 18th century wares throughout the weekend.
Disabled access is available, however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks.
Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711
For more information: Call 301-842-2155
About Fort Frederick
The Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster is a commemoration of the fort during the Seven Years War (French and Indian War). Fort Frederick was built in 1756 to defend the frontier against French and Indian raiding parties coming east from the French Fort Duquesne, in what is now Pittsburgh. Fort Frederick is unique because of its strong stone wall, large size, and roomy barracks. Fort Frederick also saw service during the American Revolution as a prison for British soldiers.
For the next 131 years, the fort and surrounding lands were farmed. During the Civil War, Union troops were often stationed near the fort to guard the C & O Canal. In 1922, the State of Maryland acquired the fort. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, a company of the Civilian Conservation Corps restored the fort and began development of the state park. In 1975, the park reconstructed two soldier’s barracks inside the fort. These barracks are open seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on the weekends in the spring and fall. During those times, staff and volunteers dressed in 18th century clothing occupy the fort, demonstrating daily life in the 18th century.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Fort Frederick French and Indian War Muster at Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, Maryland.
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