5th Virginia Infantry to Visit Fort Frederick State Park, Maryland

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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 soldiers’ 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 men’s 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.

Maryland’s 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 — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.


groovy mike's picture

It's worth a trip

I have been to reenactments at Fort Frederick and it is worth a trip.  The fort itself is very impressive standing outside and peering up at the walls gives you a vivid impression of what it must have been like to face those walls while they were defended and you were trying to find a way over or through them.  It would not have been anywhere near easy.  The fort is on par with New York state's Fort Ticonderoga, or Florida's Fort Saint Augustine.  They are The United State's of America's version of europes castles.   If you get a chance - visit the forts any time, but if you can get there while a living history event is taking place the experience will be enriched and much more rewarding.  Take the whole family if you can - if there is a battle reenactment it is something they will enjoy and will never forget :)  A volley of cannon fire going off at close range is pretty memorable!  I've been on both sides of them and teh only word to describe it is AWESOME! If you can, try to learn a bit of the history of the place and the viist will be even more meaningful and the history will become unforgetable.  Oh and by the way - this Fort is supposed to be haunted by  at least one british soldier who appears in full uniform on misty evenings in the shadows thrown by moonlight....