Frederick J. Archibald was born in Nebraska in 1922. Mr. Archibald grew up in Albany, New York and studied at Cornell University. He went on to attend West Point where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Mr. Archibald served his country in the Army and worked throughout the States and the Far East. Fred settled in New Market, Maryland. His land included properties of hundreds of acres, stretching from Boyers Mill Road to Green Valley Road. After his retirement, he wrote a weekly garden column for the Frederick News Post.
Fred became familiar with the Audubon Society through his assistant who knew of his interest in observing bird behavior at his backyard birdfeeders. His will provided for the permanent protection of 140 acres of his estate, consisting of pasture, mature forest, and streams, by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland.