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Friends of Fort Frederick State Park  

Please Help us with our Cannon Fund!

Since 2015 Fort Frederick has been without a cannon to use for artillary demonstrations.  The Friends of Fort Frederick have created a "GoFundMe acount to purchase a replacement cannon for the Fort. Please support our effort with your donation.  Every bit helps.
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The 24th Annual

APRIL 26 - 29, 2018

Mark your Calendars!!

The staff of Fort Frederick State Park and the Friends of Fort Frederick are pleased to announce that we will host the annual 18th Century Market Fair April 26 - 29, 2018.

Come to historic Fort Frederick, an original stone fort built in 1756 during the French and Indian War and travel back in time to an authentic 18th century market fair.  A whiff of campfires fills the air. Colorful entertainers are found strolling about the fair. See sutlers (period vendors) selling 18th century wares: pottery, tin and copper ware, clothing, material and patterns, books, fireplace and cooking hardware, muskets and accoutrements, paintings and prints, lanterns and other camp gear, etc.  See hundreds of fair-goers of all ages dressed in colonial clothing: artisans, soldiers, ladies & gentlemen, Native Americans, longhunters, traders, servants, etc.  Free entertainment for all.  The Fair is open to sutlers, traders, street vendors and entertainers as well as individuals, groups, military units and American Indians portraying the appropriate time period and geographic area, representing eastern North America from 1730 through 1790.

The Fair is a juried event for camper and sutlers, but open daily to all visitors. 

Public hours are:
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday through Saturday
    9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday

Attending Market Fair is a wonderful way to increase ones knowledge of the period, particularly the French and Indian War period, and the role that historic Fort Frederick played in that conflict and in protecting the Maryland frontier in general.



(About 14 miles west of Hagarstown, MD)

Take Exit 12 off I-70   MD 56   (Big Pool Road)    Big Pool ,  Indian Springs.  Follow signs about 1 mile to the fort.

Don't miss the charity auction on Saturday!


If you received a pre-registration packet, please note the information in the accompanying cover letter regarding volunteering and check the relevant boxes on the pre-registration form.

All those who wish to volunteer please do so either via our website at info@friendsoffortfrederick.info or via an email to our
new Volunteer Coordinator:

George Michael
telephone 301-331-6939

or leave a telephone message for Market Fair Committee Secretary Jenifer Scarisbrick at 301-824-6512. Responses will then be directed to the Chairpersons of the duties that you volunteer for.  The categories include: event setup/tear down, road watch, registration, the auction, the headquarters tent, shuttle driver – or combinations thereof.

Full details are on the Volunteer Page or this document:
Volunteer Info 2018 (Word)
Volunteer Info 2018 (PDF)

Sutler List from 2017 Fair

Draft Sutler List for 2018 Fair

The 2018 sulters list is being updated as applications come in.

2018 Camper Applications and New Sutler Applications are now available for download:

All participants must abide by these rules!

YouTube VIDEO:
Rules & Regulations / Trade Rules
(Courtesy of Mike Beliveau)

Event Trade Rules (in Word)
Event Trade Rules (in PDF)


Camper Cover Letter (in Word)
Camper Cover Letter (in PDF)

Camper Application Form (in Word)
Camper Application Form (in PDF)
(deadline: Postmarked March 15)


New Sutler Cover Letter (in Word)
New Sutler Cover Letter (in PDF)

New Sutler Application Form (in Word)
New Sutler Application Form (in PDF)
(deadline: Postmarked February 15)

See Volunteer Info at bottom of page...

There are hundreds of campers all in 18th century clothing, and over 140 Sutlers (vendors) selling their 18th century wares!

Are you a member of the Friends of Fort Frederick State Park?   We encourage you to join us.  You do not have to attend meetings to be a member.  There is a great monthly newsletter, a member discount in the store, and your membership supports events such as the market fair and many other historical events.

Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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

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