• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

National Park Service to Host Encampment of Maryland Forces Re-enactors at Fort Necessity

Maryland Forces

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News Release Date: July 13, 2011
Contact: Brian Reedy, 724-329-5811

FARMINGTON, PA – Maryland Forces, a re-enactment group that portrays the lives of soldiers during the French and Indian War, will be demonstrating an encampment Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24, at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington, PA. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are welcome walk through the encampment at their own pace. This is the second consecutive year that Ft. Necessity has hosted Maryland Forces for an encampment.

"We are very pleased that Maryland Forces could come back to do another encampment this year and build upon the success of last year's event," said MaryEllen Snyder, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Ft. Necessity. "This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to get an up close look at what life was like for soldiers during the French and Indian War.

In addition to the encampment, the park staff will offer its regularly scheduled Soldier Life and Musket demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Members of the Maryland Forces will be assisting in these talks by firing a volley at the end of each presentation.

Ft. Necessity National Battlefield is located on US Hwy 40, the historic National Road, eleven miles east of Uniontown.The park also maintains the Mount Washington Tavern – a historic tavern that houses exhibits on the National Road, Jumonville Glen – the site of a skirmish that preceded the battle at Fort Necessity, and the gravesite of British General Edward Braddock.These areas are all open to the public.

General admission for the park is $5.00 per adult.Children 15 and under are free of charge.The fee is collected at the park's Visitor Center and is valid for seven days.Annual passes are available for $15.00. For more information on this and other programs at Fort Necessity, please call (724) 329-5512 or visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/fone.

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