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For additional information regarding any event, contact Fort Frederick State Park at 301-842-2155

Friends of Fort Frederick general membership meetings are held every month on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Fort Frederick Visitors Center.  Special general meetings may be called prior to certain events.

The Park Complex’s Visitor Center is located off of Interstate 70 Exit 12 at State Route 56 near Big Pool, MD.


2018 Calendar of Events
For Information about All Programs
Call 301-842-2155

2018 Full Brochure of Events (PDF)
Events also shown below

More information is available on the park’s website:
http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/fortfrederick.aspx

MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY ACTIVITIES
(May 28 - September 3, 2018)

Junior Ranger Historian Activity Booklet  Young visitors ages 5-14 should ask for the Junior Ranger Historian Activity Booklet at the Visitor Center to learn how historians discover the past. Allow 2 hours to complete. Park entrance fees apply.

Nature Programs and Nature Center  On Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, park rangers will lead a one hour nature hike or program starting at 5 p.m. The Nature Center will be staffed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for environmental education activities. Contact the park after May 1 for details.

Daily Fort Programs  Daily interpretive programs are presented on weekends in the spring and fall, and seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Call for program schedule.


JANUARY

Annual School of the RangerJanuary 26 - 28  The 2018 SOTR Event, Methods and Discipline of the Ranging Service, will be conducted as an introduction to the documented 18th C skills required to survive His Majesty’s Woods Service.  Participants will be assigned to barracks and mess groups at Fort Frederick, issued daily rations and be exempted from most fatigue duties as they are field trained in the ranging discipline.  Information on their website.

APRIL

Youth Fishing Rodeo:  April 7   Bring your budding angler to catch stocked trout and other fish at Fort Frederick’s Beaver Pond. The event is open to children ages 15 and under. Pre-registration is appreciated but not required. Meet at the gravel parking lot after railroad track. All children must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18. Bring your own gear and bait. Staff will be available to assist. Open 8 a.m.to noon. Park entrance fees apply.

18th Century Market Fair:  April 26 to 29   Now in its 24th year, the Market Fair features the best artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers together with an 18th century encampment. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park.  Admission Fee $5 for adults, $2 ages 6 to 12, and 5 and under free.

MAY

Western Maryland Rail Trail Guided Bike Tour: May 5  Brilliant spring wildflowers brighten the journey as you learn about the flora and fauna along the Western Maryland Rail Trail. This guided bike ride is approximately 22 miles long, roundtrip, and is taken at a leisurely pace.  Join us at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock at 10 a.m.

To Garrison the Fort:  May 12 & 13  Experience life at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated Joshua and Alexander Beall’s Maryland Companies garrison the fort. Highlights of the event include musket firing presentations, hearth cooking, military drills, and children’s drill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

Astronomy Program:  May 19  Come join a park ranger and the Tri-State Astronomers for a night of star gazing and sky navigation. You will learn the basics of sky navigation and telescope use while looking through our 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. You are welcome to bring your own viewing devices as well. In case of clouds or rain, an indoor astronomy education program will be offered. Park entrance fees apply.

Discovery Weekend:  May 26-28  Bring your family and friends to explore the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources of Fort Frederick State Park. This event features outdoor and historical activities for all interest levels and ages. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Saturday will feature a special night hike program starting at 8 pm.

JUNE

National Trails Day: June 2  Plantation Trail Guided Hike To celebrate National Trails Day, join a park ranger to explore the Plantation Trail at Fort Frederick. Meet at the Trail Head parking lot in the Picnic Area at 5 p.m. for this 1 hour hike. Please call for details. Sturdy hiking attire is suggested, and bring plenty of water.

Junior Rangers and Park Pal’s: June 13  Please join us for the start of our 2017 Junior Rangers and Park Pals summer youth programs. Junior Rangers (8-14 years) and Park Pals (5-7 years) are our nature based outdoor education programs designed to get kids out into nature, help them gain an understanding and appreciation for our natural resources and public lands, give them a chance to meet new friend and get some exercise all while having some fun in the great outdoors. This program will be held over six weekly sessions. Sessions are two hours once-a-week for seven weeks with ample make-up sessions available. Orientation and First Session: Wednesday June 13; 6p.m. to 8p.m. at the Nature Center. Graduation is July 25

Colonial Children’s Day: June 16  A Soldiers Life Children ages 8-12 will be transported back in time as they take part in a day of hands-on 18th century activities. They will experience the life of a soldier stationed at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War. Activities will include enlisting, a military drill, a soldier’s meal and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included. There is a $20 per child fee and advanced registration is required and limited.

“To Garrison the Fort…”   June 30 - July 1  Experience life during the American Revolutionary War as members of the recreated Maryland Independent Rifles garrison the fort. Highlights of the event include musket firing presentations, hearth cooking, military drills, and children’s drill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

JULY

“The Fort is Pretty Full”: July 4  Fort Frederick during the American Revolution Join park staff in celebrating America’s birthday by learning about Fort Frederick’s role as a Prisoner of War Camp during the American Revolution. Highlights of the event include talks on the fort in the Revolution, musket firing demonstrations, soldier’s cooking demonstrations, a uniform and clothing talk and presentations of the fort’s role in the war. Programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park entrance fees apply.

Astronomy Program: July 7 Come join a park ranger and the Tri-State Astronomers for a night of star gazing and sky navigation. You will learn the basics of sky navigation and telescope use while looking through our 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. You are welcome to bring your own viewing devices as well. In case of clouds or rain, an indoor astronomy education program will be offered. Park entrance fees apply.

“Repair to the Fort”: July 14 - 15   Pontiac’s Rebellion Experience life at the fort as civilians and militia flee to the fort for safety during Pontiac’s uprising. Highlights of the event include musket firing presentations, hearth cooking militia drill, children’s drill and a presentation of the fort’s role in the conflict. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

AUGUST

The American Soldier: August 4 - 6 Through the Ages The military history of Fort Frederick spans the 18th and 19th centuries. Building upon that legacy, the park will be hosting a “Soldier through the Centuries” program. With hands-on displays of weapons, uniforms and military gear from the 1600’s colonial militia, Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II. Historical interpreters from the fort will be describing how soldiering changed over time while maintaining certain common elements. You will be given a rare opportunity to come in close contact with our military past. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees apply.

French and Indian War Muster: August 25 - 26 French, British and American Indian reenactors assemble for two days of 18th century living history demonstrations and battle reenactments. Period crafts and food vendor will also be available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

SEPTEMBER

Park Exploration Weekend: September 1 - 3 Bring your family and friends to explore the natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources of Fort Frederick State Park. This event includes outdoor and historical activities for all interest levels and ages. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Saturday will feature a special night hike program starting at 8 p.m. Park entrance fees apply.

Woodmont Lodge: September 9  Open House and Guided Hike Showcasing the picturesque and historic Woodmont Lodge, the annual open house invites you to explore memories of the early days of conservation in Maryland. You can also enjoy ranger guided hike at 1 p.m. Open house hours are 11 a.m to 4 p.m. Directional signs will be placed on Woodmont Road.

One Fort: Three Wars: September 15 - 16 Through living history demonstrations discover the part Fort Frederick played during the French and Indian War, American Revolution and Civil War. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Park entrance fees apply.

Militia Muster: September 29   Come and join the Frederick County Militia for its annual muster. You can join up and engage in militia drills and learn about the roles of the militia and life during the French and Indian War. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park entrance fees apply.

OCTOBER

Fort Frederick in the Civil War: October 6 - 7 To commemorate Fort Frederick’s role in the American Civil War, reenactors will assemble for a weekend of living history demonstrations and tactics demonstrations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Western Maryland Rail Trail Bike Tour: October 13   Guided Bike Tour Enjoy vivid fall colors as you learn about the exploration and expansion of Western Maryland along the former Western Maryland Railway corridor. This guided bike ride is approximately 22 miles long, roundtrip, and is taken at a leisurely pace. Join us at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock at 10 a.m.

A Pleasant Diversion: October 27 - 28 Experience pleasant diversions from military life at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated Maryland Troops garrison the fort. Highlights of the event include musket firing demonstrations, colonial toys and games and other fun activities from the time. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a 7pm campfire program celebrating Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Park entrance fees apply.

NOVEMBER

Veterans of Fort Frederick: November 10 - 11  In the American Revolution - This hour-long presentation will examine the story of the men who served at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War and their subsequent service during the American Revolution. Presentations will be held in the park’s Visitor Center at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

School & Group Programs

Historical tours of Fort Frederick, as well as programs that explore the park’s natural resources can be arranged for school classes and organized groups. For more information and to schedule a program with one of our Historical Interpreters or Naturalists, call 301-842-2155.

Information About All Park Programs
Call 301-842-2155


The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a 23 mile paved trail, which follows the path of the Western Maryland Railway. The trail is appropriate for walking, hiking, biking, and in-line skating.

Woodmont NRMA began as a hunt club in 1870. During its historic use, Woodmont was home to a very successful wild game restoration program as well as hosting numerous dignitaries and U.S. presidents. Currently, there are 2,000 acres open year-round for public outdoor recreational use.

Fort Frederick was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. Camping and picnic facilities are also available in the park.

The Friends of Fort Frederick State Park contributes support to the park by sponsoring educational activities and programs throughout the year, as well as contributing financially to support the park's historical, cultural and administrative needs. Those interested in joining their efforts may contact:

The Friends of Fort Frederick
11115 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool MD 21711
info@friendsoffortfrederick.info

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