2009-09-24 / Local & State

Fort Frederick State Park Hosts Cannon Firing Demonstrations

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will host a French and Indian War Artillery Weekend September 26 - 27, 2009.

The Artillery Weekend will feature presentations of the loading and firing of a British 6-pound cannon from the French and Indian War period. The French and Indian War, fought between 1754 and 1763, brought destruction to the frontiers of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As a result, the colony of Maryland constructed Fort Frederick in 1756 as its main line of security for the frontier. In its finished condition the fort included four 6-pound cannons, which played an essential role in the location, design, and defense of the fort. Due to Fort Frederick's unusually strong defenses, it successfully deterred French and Indian raiding parties and restored stability to the frontier.

There is a service charge for this event. Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Please dress for inclement weather or hot sunny days. Food, gift, and souvenir items will be available for sale at the park store located near the fort.

Fort Frederick State Park is the home of Fort Frederick, America's premier stone colonial fort. In 2006 the park celebrated the 250th anniversary of the fort's construction. Fort Frederick has been called "The Gibraltar on the Potomac." George Washington visited the fort several times.

Fort Frederick is located off of Rt 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool, MD. For more information about the Artillery Weekend or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 301-842- 2155 during the office hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Fort Frederick State Park is a member of the Hagerstown- Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visitors also can enjoy the Western Maryland Rail Trail, a 23-mile paved path that follows the former Western Maryland Railway and is owned and operated by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Park Service; hiking; fishing in the C&O Canal; camping; flat water canoeing; picnic grounds; a Civilian Conservation Corps museum; a concession store; and a visitors center or also at http://www.dnrstate.md.us/publicl ands/western/FortFrederick.html.

To learn more about Washington County, visit the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.marylandmemories.com. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area at (http://hallowedground.org).

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