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Fort Washington Park

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Address: 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744-7044
Phone Number: +1 301-763-4600

Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's...

Visitors can take a ranger-led tour to explore this historic fort's features and its role as the only defense for the Nation's Capital until the Civil War.

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This is a really nice park, with awesome views. The actual fort is amazing. One downside is that there really isn't a lot of interpretive signage around the park and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
Shane W
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a really nice park, with awesome views. The actual fort is amazing. One downside is that there really isn't a lot of interpretive signage around the park and the visitor's center is very small. Thus, I felt that I could have learned a lot more.

Thank Shane W
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Located along the Potomac River nearly across from Mt. Vernon, the site of Fort Washington has a long history as a military base. The fortifications constructed here, however, did not take into account iron clad warships and soon proved out-of-date. The scenic beauty of the location is outstanding and the dry moats and remnants of the fort are fascinating.

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landover, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If you want to see one of the great star forts that was use to defend many places in the beginning of the United States.

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We took a little trip to Ft. Washington Park and was pleasantly surprised to learn about the history of the Park and the area of Ft. Washington. There's still so much to see!! The Park is huge and we still haven't seen it all!! If you're in the area make a point to visit this Park!!

Thank Wendy R
Roswell, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I am a writer and photographer for National Park Planner (npplan.com) and I visited Fort Washington Park in May 2016. The park is located in Fort Washington, Maryland, just south of Alexandria on the Potomac River. It preserves the site of a brick fort that was constructed between 1814 and 1824, plus a number of concrete artillery batteries built in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Though it never fired a shot in war, Fort Washington is a worthwhile visit for families as well as students of military history. Situated on a commanding point downriver from Washington, DC, the fort has preserved a number of its fortifications and outbuildings, which give visitors excellent views up and down the Potomac. There's ample room for children to run... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

I wanted to see this place since it's across the Potomac from Washington's house. if you are at the dock at his place you can see the fort. The grounds are lovely for the most part, there is a large expanse of grass as you approach which is kept nicely trimmed, when you go into the actual fort there are... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Great History here. First went in 2001 it was in poor shape, lots of work to clean it up. Good Job. It spans US History from pre-1812 to the present. A must see of it the DC area.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This Fort is run by the National Park Service, It was an active military post until after WWII, It is off the beaten path, and that is part of its charm. Lots of space and few people around. The sign SAID that entrance fees would be charged starting the week after our visit, but the two rangers in the interpretive... More 

Thank JoAnnEaton
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This fort, like so many others in the National Park Service, is well preserved in a bare-bones style - it has the original walls and buildings but little in the way of historical restoration or dramatization. Fort Washington and its accompanying fortifications played a big part in our nation's capital from the War of 1812, through the Civil War and... More 

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