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Fort Washington Park
South of Washington, DC
Built between 1814 and 1824, the main garrison here actually replaced the original Fort Washington, which was destroyed during the War of 1812. Constructed to protect Union forces housed in Washington, DC, during the Civil War, the fort was obsolete by 1872, but still stands as the only permanent fortification to protect the nation s capital. It served various additional functions for the U.S. Coast Artillery and U.S. Army until the end of World War II. The transfer to the Park Service was authorized in 1930 and became effective in 1940.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bird-watching, hiking, picnicking, touring fort and grounds. Facilities: Visitor center, hiking trail. Bookstore, picnic tables with fire grills. Programs & Events: Fort tours (weekends at 2 and 3, weekdays by request). Artillery firings (Apr.-Oct., 1 Sun. monthly). Universal Soldier Military Timeline Events (1st weekend May, last weekend Sept.); living-history programs (schedules vary). Tips & Hints: Different parts of the fort are scheduled to be under restoration until 2008. Expect to spend 30-60 minutes on tour. Busiest May and June, least crowded Dec-Mar.
FEES & HOURS
Entrance fee: $5 per vehicle or $3 per walk-in, bicyclist, or bus passenger. Fort and visitor center open Apr.-Sept., daily 9-noon and 2-5, Oct.-Mar., daily 9-noon and 2-4:30. Park grounds open daily 8-dark.
HOW TO GET THERE
In Fort Washington, MD via the Capital Beltway (1-495) to Exit 3A (Indian Head Hwy. or Rte. 210 south; continue to Fort Washington Rd., turn right, and follow to park entrance. Closest airport: Washington, DC (Reagan Washington National, 15 mi).
Fort Washington Park (13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744, tel. 301/763-4600, fax 301/763-1389,).
Fort Washington Park in South of Washington, DC.
Basic information for visitors to the Fort Washington Park in South of Washington, DC