French and Indian Colonial Soldiers to guard Fort Frederick

Re-enactors portraying Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Provincial Troops will show the life of men and women during the Forbes Campaign during the French and Indian War this weekend.

The event will take place at Fort Frederick State Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 14 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 15.

“Activities throughout the weekend will give visitors a look into the role of Fort Frederick and regional colonial troops played during the Forbes campaign of 1758, which resulted in the capture of French Fort Duquense,” said Robert Ambrose, Park Ranger at Fort Frederick State Park.

Highlights for the weekend include a military formation and camps that open at 8:30 a.m. on both days, cannon firing demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days, children’s drill at 12 p.m. on both days, soldier rations at 10 a.m. on Saturday, military field maneuvers at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Anglo-Indian tactics at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The weekend program takes a deeper look at the relationships between the different colonies soldiers that fought for control of North America.

The French and Indian War, fought between 1756 and 1763, which changed the landscape and fabric of the North American continent forever.

The war, which pitched the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies, brought destruction the the Maryland frontier.

As a result, the colony of Maryland constructed Fort Frederick in 1756 as its main line of defense for securing the frontier.

Gifts, snacks, and souvenirs will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sulter Shop.

There is a service charge per car for Maryland residents and non-residents.