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Camp Fretterd

Camp Fretterd is a 27 acre site located approximately 5 miles northwest of Reisterstown in Baltimore County, Maryland.

The facility is home to the 70th Regiment (Ldr), Regional Training Institute-Maryland, formerly designated as Maryland Military Academy. The unit provides instruction to the leaders and recruits of the Maryland Army National Guard.

Also located on the grounds of Camp Fretterd is the Maryland State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). As of mid-1997, Camp Fretterd also housed the 229th Main Support Battalion, the Counter-Drug Institute, and the TQL center.

In August 1996, Camp Fretterd became the second Distributive Training Technologysite in Maryland, and the fifth in the United States, thus providing telecommuting, videconferencing, and computer assisted distance learning, as part of the Distributive Training Technology Project (DTTP).

The Maryland Army National Guard acquired Camp Fretterd after the prior tenant, a reform school, was closed down by the state due to deteriorating living conditions and negative publicity, and the site was put up for sale in 1988. The Maryland ARNG thereafter upgraded the grounds and built and multi-use armory.

The grounds on which Camp Fretterd is located, Montrose, was added in 1990 to the National Register of Historic Sites. The Montrose Mansion property was at one time owned by the Bonaparte family through Jerome Napoleon, the product of the first marriage of Jerome Bonaparte, youngest brother of French Emperor Napoleon I, and at one time King of Westphalia, to Elizabeth Patterson. He inherited the property from his maternal grandfather, William Patterson, a wealthy Baltimore merchant.

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