The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area in Garrett County and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival present a Star Spangled 200 sponsored event, Maryland in the War of 1812 - A Living History Event. This project focuses on bringing the commemoration of the War of 1812 to Garrett County middle school students and also provides opportunities for western Maryland residents and visitors to participate in Maryland’s Star Spangled 200 activities. This project is made possible by the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
The first part of the project provides an interactive presentation by award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar, Mary Ann Jung, playing Rosalie Stier Calvert. Rosalie married George Calvert in 1799 and became mistress of his plantation, Mt. Albion. When Rosalie’s father died, he left his plantation in Bladensburg, "Riversdale Plantation", to his daughter Rosalie -- not her husband, which was the custom. Through Rosalie’s remarkable story, participants will learn what it meant to be in charge of two growing plantations in early 1800's Maryland.
The performance will also explain the importance of the War of 1812 and how this era affected the newly independent United States of America. Audience members will become the British versus the Americans to better understand this important war and re-live the dramatic Battle of Bladensburg --- and find out how close it came to Rosalie’s beloved Riversdale. The stirring creation of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, who married Rosalie’s friend Polly, is included as well. Performances will be held at Garrett College for 4th, 5th and 8th grade Garrett County students on Friday, April 5, 2013.
In addition, educational resources will be purchased for middle school teachers relating to the War of 1812, including books, videos and a traveling trunk, created by the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, for Garrett County middle school students. The trunk focuses on life during the war for all Marylanders and contains 11 lesson plans and many hands-on objects, including flint and steel kits, period clothing, time period games, and books.
The Maryland in the War of 1812 – A Living History Event will be the grand finale for the project providing interpretation and experiential learning opportunities for the students and the general public. This free celebration, scheduled for May 17-18, 2013 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, Maryland, will include on-site War of 1812 speakers and re-enactors, period music performed by musicians & singers in period garb and displays & education information, including a United States Navy display covering their beginning and their involvement with the War of 1812. This event is free and open to the public. Event hours are 5 pm – 8 pm on Friday, May 17 and 10 am- 5 pm on Saturday, May 18th.