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May 3, 2008

250th commemoration of French and Indian War set

FOLMONT — History buffs can follow in the footsteps of George Washington to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War this year in Somerset County.

They can even walk alongside him – or at least a look-alike.

Sponsored by the Boswell Area Historical Society, reenactors and visitors can walk together along the original Forbes Road to Fort Duart. They also can visit the remnants of Fort Duart, which served as an important stop along the Forbes Road during the war and is the last remaining redoubt fort on the military highway.

A similar event has been held the past five or six years, leading up to the final such trek for the anniversary.

“This one will mark the 250th anniversary, and there will be more reenactors and special attractions than in the past,” coordinator Georgia Sheftic said.

This year’s three- to four-hour walk will include a re-enactment skirmish between French and British troops, as well as a speech given by Bill Choby, representing Col. George Washington. Visitors can even see the spring where Washington said he camped overnight. Organizers, such as retired Brig. Gen. Larry Powell, will explain the Somerset County’s significance in the war.

Historical Society President Len Lichvar said the event has been enlightening in the past.

“If all of that didn’t happen, we would be speaking French,” he said.

More details are available by calling Sheftic at 629-6238 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, or checking online at fortduart30.org.

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