Fort Frederick Maryland

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A stone star fort in the Maryland Panhandle, Fort Frederick Maryland was built in the 1750s to defend Maryland from French and Indian raiders. During the American Revolution it was used as a prisoner of war camp for soldiers surrendered at Yorktown. It was a Federal outpost during the civil war when it saw its only shots fired in anger as some of Lee’s men on their way to Gettysburg fired a few shots at the fort’s walls to make sure the soldiers inside kept their heads down.

It fell into disrepair and was mended in the 1930’s as part of the public works programs of FDR.

Historical reenactors in the fort have frequently reported a presence or hostile feelings coming from the front right bastion, or of being followed out of it. Interestingly people re-enacting Scottish regiments sense a presence in this same place but it is friendly and curious. Four Scottish regiments were among those surrendered at Yorktown in 1781.

(Submitted by “Graves”)

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11100 Fort Frederick Rd
Big Pool, MD 21711
United States

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39.613523, -78.00623889999997
Washington County, Maryland
Nearest Towns:
Big Pool, MD (0.9 mi.)
Ernstville, MD (1.7 mi.)
Indian Springs, MD (2.3 mi.)
Big Spring, MD (3.7 mi.)
Hedgesville, WV (4.2 mi.)
Pecktonville, MD (4.4 mi.)
Clear Spring, MD (4.9 mi.)
Charlton, MD (6.1 mi.)
Falling Waters, WV (7.2 mi.)
Pinesburg, MD (8.0 mi.)

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  1. I was there severla years ago in a re-enactment, ‘ocucpying’ the fort. walking around friday night there was a feeling on intense hostility coming from one of the bastions. no wehre else and just there. I was new to re-enacting and didn’t say a word about it. i didn’t want to get teased. saturday there were no problems during daylight hours but again at night, that one spot was…creepy. I said nothing.

    A few hours later as we were sitting the barracks talking an officer came in, experienced re-enactor, absolutely white saying “I just had the creepiewst experience” and as he said that the damn burst. of 20 of us in the fort a dozen had the same experience but no one had wanted to say a word about it. The feeling was subjective. the fact we all had the same thing in the same area was objective.

    • When I was younger my dad and my sister and me used to reinacct at fort Fredrick, I always felt like someone was watching me and following me. At night when my sister and me would have to go to the restroom, we would have to go outside the fort to the other building and we would always be creeped out. I loved it there so much though

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