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Fort Frederick State Park
Based on 22 traveler reviews
A Place for Living History
Oct 30, 2013 by: Sabrina R from Baltimore, Maryland
I have visited Fort Frederick on several occasions for their living history events. The fort itself is a great place to take pictures or just to walk around. There are so many opportunities during the year to see encampments of different reenactor groups from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. There is always something to see and learn at these events. I've had some marvelous conversations and taken lots of great pictures with the people there. The $3 fee per car is a real value.
Living History - Don't Miss the Visitor Center Video
Oct 15, 2013 by: GetOutAndGoTours from Ashburn, VA
I love the old stone fort at Fort Frederick State Park. It was built in the 1700s as a frontier fort, was abandoned after just a few years, then was owned by a former slave, was used as a farm, eventually fell into dis-repair, and finally, was rebuilt by the CCC in the 1930's and had buildings re-constructed in 1976 as part of the bicentennial. Today, the place is a nice, rare, stone fort that tells a special history. It is important while visiting, to see the displays in the side building, which show artifacts of the period of use, and of the CCC reconstruction time, and also to see the 10 minute video in the visitor's center. During the prime season, there is a docent in the fort for interpretive history and black powder rifle demonstration, and outside of prime, one can call ahead and coordinate a visit. For a small, $5 per car donation, a whole family or group may visit the fort.
Sep 04, 2013 by: crayolabird from Columbia, Maryland
We were on our way to Cumberland and stopped here for lunch because we saw the sign along the freeway. Our visit was on Labor Day. We picnicked in the shade near a playground - we did have to drive down a windy lane that was just barely big enough for maybe 1.5 cars. We never could tell if it was one way or not, we didn't see any signs. We just kept hoping we wouldn't see any other cars, and we didn't :) The forest where the picnic tables were was just lovely, there were restrooms nearby but it was buggy. I think that's just the season, but there you go. The fort itself is very cool. There were several costumed interpreters there - my son got to help make musket balls and we talked to a woman doing laundry. We heard a cannon go off later. There were lots of rooms in the fort decorated in period furniture, etc. You can climb up and look over the wall of the fort. I can't say it was crazy amazing - nothing compared to, for example, Fort Washington or Fort McHenry. There just weren't that many places to explore. But the history was interesting to my kids (it was built by the colonists) and my 8 and 10.5 year old boys are just happy anywhere that they can run around. Nice little store near the fort and we liked the very sparse CCC musuem - it was neat to see how it had looked at the turn of the century and how the fort was restored. We never did get to the visitor's center or down by the water, but everyone in my crew was glad we'd stopped by.
Old Fort Frederick
Aug 14, 2013 by: jay34144 from Cocoa, Florida
Fort Frederick goes back to the 1700s, the time of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years War, the first world war. Fort and barracks have been restored. Go when re-enactors either staff or people for special events are there
Good for a visit perhaps, but NOT for camping!
Jun 23, 2013 by: wheres_my_calgon from
This place was bad. Really bad. We've camped in a lot of places, and this was the worst ever. Some things are out of their control, I get that, but this just wasn't a good experience. - The trains. Oh, the trains... on Thursday night, between the hours of 11p and 1a Friday morning, I counted eight -- yes, EIGHT -- separate trains that came through. Needless to say, sleep wasn't happening. - The bugs. This is on the Potomac River, I get that. But we've camped on many rivers and never had to deal with bugs to this degree. We never so much as set up our canopy or took out our campstove, instead choosing to drive into the local towns for meals. The bugs were just that bad. - No running water pumps. Most campgrounds will at least have a water pump every few sites where you fill your water tank. Not so here. Because this campground falls in the flood plain of the Potomac, there are no water or electrical lines. There is a single water hose directly by the RV dumping tank (ew!) but that was it. - Campsite privacy (or the lack thereof). These sites are set out in a row, on both sides of one single, straight gravel road. No understory, no midstory, no nothing dividing one site from the next. Needless to say, the noise carries. Honestly, we looked around the area to see if we could find anything better, and we couldn't. Maybe we're spoiled, coming from Virginia's state parks, but Maryland's state parks were just nowhere near the same calibre.
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