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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 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.


2017 Calendar of Events
For Information about All Programs
Call 301-842-2155

2017 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
(May 29 - September 4, 2017)

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 & Nature Center  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer, park rangers will lead a one hour nature hike or program starting at 11:00 am. The Nature Center will be staffed from 1-5 pm for environmental education activities. Contact the park after 5/ 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.

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.


JANUARY

School of the Ranger:  January 27 - 29  The 2017 School of the Ranger takes place at historic Fort Frederick, MD from 11:30 am on Friday, 27 January to 12:00 pm on Sunday, 29 January 2017.

Co-sponsored by Jaeger's Battalion and the Friends of Fort Frederick, the School of the Ranger teaches you ranging skills for your 18th century Ranger persona. The School's instructors are experts in their subject matter and are sure to help you improve your skills and impression for the campaign trail.

Contact Lou Tramelli at 2017SOR@oaksedge.net. for further information.

FEBRUARY

To Garrison the Fort:  February 25& 26  Experience life in the winter at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Maryland Company garrison the fort. Highlights of the event include musket firing presentations, hearth cooking demonstrations, a uniform and clothing talk and military drills. Hours are 11 am to 3pm Saturday, and 11 am to 2pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

MARCH

To Garrison the Fort: March 25 & 26  Experience life at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated 17th Virginia Company “Gist's Scouts” garrison the fort. Highlights of the event include musket firing presentations, hearth cooking demonstrations, a uniform and clothing talk and military drills. Hours are 11 am to 3pm Saturday, and 11 am to 2pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

APRIL

Youth Fishing Rodeo:  April 1  Bring your budding fisherman/fisherwoman 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 gravel parking lot after RR tracks. 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 am to noon. Park entrance fees apply.

18th Century Market Fair:  April 27 to 30  Now in its 23rd year, the Market Fair features the best artisans, craftspeople, and sutlers together with an 18th century encampment. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Thu, Fri, Sat and 9 am to 3 pm Sun. Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park. Admission Fee Charged.

MAY

Western Maryland Rail Trail Guided Bike Tour: May 6  Brilliant spring wildflowers brighten the journey as you learn about the flora and fauna along the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The guided bike ride is approximately 20 miles long roundtrip and is taken at a leisurely pace. Join us at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock at 10:00 am.

To Garrison the Fort:  May 13 & 14  Experience life at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s and Alexander Beall’s Maryland Companies garrison the fort. Highlights of the event include musket firing presentations, hearth cooking demonstrations, a uniform and clothing talk and military drills. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 3 pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

Get Into Nature Weekend: May 27 to 29  Bring your family and friends to explore the natural side of Fort Frederick State Park. This annual event features self-guided and staff-led outdoor nature and recreation activities for all interest levels and ages. Bring your bike, binoculars, kayak/canoe and camera! Activities run from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Saturday night will feature a special stargazing astronomy program starting at dark. Contact the Park for details. Park entrance fees apply.

JUNE

Colonial Children’s Day; Fun and Games:  June 3  Children ages 8 to 12 will be transported back in time as they take part in a day of hands-on 18th century fun and games. Participants will experience the how children entertained themselves during the colonial period, with games such as blind man’s bluff and trap ball, and activities like kite making and musical entertainment just to name a few. Hours are 10 am to 3 pm. Lunch is included. There is a fee and advanced registration is required and limited. Registration is limited to 20 children.

National Trails Day; Woodmont Trail Guided Hike:  June 3  To celebrate National Trails Day join the park naturalist to explore the Wildlife Heritage Trail at Woodmont. Meet at the Trail Head parking lot along Woodmont Road at 9 am for this 2 hour hike. Please call 301-842-2155 for details. Sturdy hiking attire is suggested. Please bring plenty of water. There are no restrooms along the trail.

Junior Ranger Week Park Pal; Fun in Nature  June 19 to 23  This is a fun filled, hands-on nature learning experience. Wear old clothes, because participants will get dirty! The ‘Park Pals’ program for kids ages 4-7 will consist of five sessions held 9 am to 11:30 am daily and focus on the various habitats in the park. There is a service fee for the program and pre-registration is limited and required. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Junior Ranger Week; Exploring Nature:  June 19 to 23  This is a fun filled, hands-on nature learning experience. Wear old clothes, because participants will get dirty! The Jr. Ranger program for kids age 8-12 will consist of five sessions held 1:30-4 pm daily and focus on creating backyard habitat for butterflies and their friends. There is a service fee for the program and pre-registration is limited and required. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

To Garrison the Fort:  June 24 & 25  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 demonstrations, a uniform and clothing talk and military drills. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 3 pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

JULY

“The Fort is Pretty Full” Fort Frederick during the American Revolution: July 1 to 4   Join park staff in celebrating America’s birthday by learning about Fort Frederick 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, hearth cooking demonstrations, a uniform and clothing talk and military drills. Programs will be held daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance fees may apply.

Astronomy Program: July 8  Come join our park naturalist and the Tri-State Astronomers for a night of star gazing and sky navigation. Visitors will learn the basics of sky navigation and telescope use while looking through our 10 inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. Visitors are welcome to bring their own viewing devices as well. In the case of clouds or rain an indoor astronomy education program will be offered. Park entrance fees may apply.

“Repair to the Fort” Pontiac's Rebellion:  July 15 & 16  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 demonstrations, a clothing talk and militia drills. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, and 10 am to 3 pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

AUGUST

The American Soldier Through the Ages:  August 5 & 6  The military history of For 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. The visiting public will be given a rare opportunity to come in close contact with antiques from our military past. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Park entrance fees apply.

French & Indian War Muster: August 26 & 27  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 am to 4 pm Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm Sunday. Park entrance fees apply.

SEPTEMBER

Get Into Nature Weekend:  Sept. 2 to 4  Bring your family and friends to explore the natural side of Fort Frederick State Park. This annual event features self-guided and staff-led outdoor nature and recreation activities for all interest levels and ages. Bring your bike, binoculars, kayak/canoe and camera! Activities run from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Park entrance fees apply

Woodmont; Lodge Open House & Guided Hike:  Sept. 10  Showcasing the picturesque and historic Woodmont Lodge, the annual open house enables visitors to explore memories of the early days of conservation in Maryland. Visitors can also enjoy ranger guided hike at 1 pm. Open house hours are 11 am to 4 pm. Directional signs will be placed on Woodmont Rd. Entrance fees may apply.

One Fort: Three Wars:  September 16 &17  Through living history demonstrations discover the part Fort Frederick played during the French and Indian War, American Revolution and Civil War. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Park entrance fees apply.

Public Lands Day; Western Maryland Rail Trail Clean Up:  Sept. 30  Join volunteers around the nation to celebrate your local public lands. Meet in the town of Hancock at the Church Street gate on the Western Maryland Rail Trail to help park staff clean up litter, weeds and other debris. Event runs from 9 – 11 am.

OCTOBER

Fort Frederick in the Civil War:  October 7 & 8  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 am to 3 pm.

Western Maryland Rail Trail; Guided Bike Tour:  October 14  Enjoy vivid fall colors as you learn about the exploration and expansion of Western Maryland along the former Western Maryland Railway corridor. The guided bike ride is approximately 22 miles long and is taken at a leisurely pace. Join us at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock at 10 am.

A Pleasant Diversion:  October 21 & 22  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 am to 4 pm Saturday; Saturday at 7pm will be campfire program celebrating Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night. Sunday 10 am to 3 pm. Park entrance fees apply.

NOVEMBER

American Indian Heritage Month Program; Cherokee at Fort Frederick:  November 4 & 5  This hour long presentation will examine the story of the Cherokee who fought on the side of Maryland during the French and Indian War. The presentation will be held in the park’s Visitor Center at 11 am and 2 pm, both 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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