Fort Frederick State Park is a Maryland state park surrounding the restored Fort Frederick, a star fort active in the French and Indian War (1754–1763) and the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The park is south of the town of Big Pool on the Potomac River; the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal runs through the park grounds. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973.Use our Big Pool vacation planner to add Fort Frederick State Park and other attractions to your Big Pool vacation plans.
French and Indian WarFort Frederick was built in 1756-57 by the colony of Maryland. During the French and Indian War in 1756, a £6000 appropriation was authorized by the Maryland Legislature at the request of Governor Horatio Sharpe to build a fortification on the frontier. The fort, named after Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore, was completed the following year. "The fort's design, which was developed by Sebastian Vauban, a French engineer, is a large square with four diamond-shaped bastions. This is typical of 18th century fortifications. The fort is built of native sandstone."
The large stone fort was designed primarily as a place of refuge for area settlers. Between 1757 and 1758, small raids by Indians in nearby settlements caused settlers in the surrounding countryside to flee eastward. At the same time men of the 60th Regiment of Foot and local militia soldiers garrisoned the fort. Ranging parties were sent from the fort to patrol the area and to deter if not prevent Indian raids.
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We stopped here on the basis of a dot on a map, we needed a rest from the road, so surprised, it was great. The fort and history was very informative, but didn't take long to see, lots of...
We stopped here on the basis of a dot on a map, we needed a rest from the road, so surprised, it was great. The fort and history was very informative, but didn't take long to see, lots of... more »
Tony and I stopped by Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, MD. We got there at 4pm and the visitors center was already closing. It cost $5 for our vehicle for park entrance fees. We couldn't watch..... more
Tony and I stopped by Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, MD. We got there at 4pm and the visitors center was already closing. It cost $5 for our vehicle for park entrance fees. We couldn't watch..... more »
Have driving by on I-70 multiple times and never stopped - finally took an hour to get off the highway and glad we did. Amazing that this was built in 1756 without power equipment. 22' high stone...
Have driving by on I-70 multiple times and never stopped - finally took an hour to get off the highway and glad we did. Amazing that this was built in 1756 without power equipment. 22' high stone... more »
Tony and I stopped by Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, MD. We got there at 4pm and the visitors center was already closing. It cost $5 for our vehicle for park entrance fees. We couldn't watch the 10 minute video because they were closing due to no activity. We drove over to the parking lot for the actual fort. The Fort was still open but unmanned so the interior buildings were locked. The Fort was built in 1756 for the Indian wars against the white settlement. It was later used in Revolutionary war and Civil War. It's almost 300 yrs old It's a stone fort with very thick high walls. Definitely a nice park. There is a store but it was closed too. There is a campground down along the Potomac River. Definitely recommend you visit when in the area. I would go back again! A great price!!!
We were here for the annual market Fair. The event is a lot of fun and worth a visit. Lots to do and see. Plenty of artisans making 18th century pieces by hand and it's incredible learning how much life has changed. Highly recommend the Market Fair in April.
We went to Fort Frederick State Park in Maryland this weekend. We always have good luck with state parks, but this one was awesome! Small campground with not alot of amenities, but that was part of the charm. No electric sites, so we used our solar and lithium stations. Very clean site on the Potomac River. Great trails at the park and near by. No dump station either. Very friendly staff. Pet friendly.
Estimated duration 15 minutes to 1 hour. A revolutionary and civil war for reconstructed in the early 1900s by the civilian conservation corps. For is in very good condition and barracks are living history museum. As you enter the park if you turn to the right towards the visitor center there's a large parking lot that is a 5-minute paved trail to the fort. Or you can continue straight headed towards the campground and park in a smaller parking lot right next to the fort Park offers free fly fishing gear rentals at the general store.
Nice historical site next to the Potomac. The Park rangers, in period costumes, can answer your questions about the fort. Park at the office and take the hike or bike to the fort. There are a few picnic tables and a shop near the fort also.
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