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18th Century Market Fair at Fort Frederick (MD)


  • Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair 11100 Fort Frederick Rd Big Pool, MD, 21711 United States (map)

Fort Frederick State Park, and its volunteers, the Friends of Ft Frederick, create an 18th-century-style Market Fair - one of the largest on the East Coast of North America. Fort Frederick was a wilderness outpost fort guarding the colony of Maryland during the French and Indian War.

Click here for the park website: Dept of Natural Resources: Ft Frederick State Park

The stone fort and barracks still stand from 1756. The Market Fair surrounds the fort with over 150 artisans and merchants, transporting visitors and participants back to the era between 1730 and 1790 - the very large market fair contains woodworkers, blacksmiths, clothing artists, candlemakers, and many other artisans.

The event is so popular that reenactors come from many states wide just to enjoy the ambiance - and stock up on their historic-style supplies. The entire event runs Thurs-Sun.

Click here for event web page: Ft Frederick Market Fair

For 2015, Silhouettes By Hand leaves the tent behind, to be a "street vendor" - traveling the many lanes of the Market Fair to be a true itinerant artist with wooden cart, scissors, paper, and wares . Silhouettes By Hand is currently planning to participate only for Friday (April 24) and Saturday (April 25).

If you would like to develop a specific time to meet up with Silhouettes By Hand at the Market Fair, please use the Contact page to lightly schedule your portrait time during those dates.