Fort Washington

Fort Washington, Maryland 20749

Fort Washington

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"On the site of the ruins of a fort built to protect Washington, D.C., during the War of 1812, Fort Washington has served as a protective barrier for the city since the Civil War. Today it is a park with a rich history that sits on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland, just outside the District.

This prime location on the river just south of Washington, D.C., was originally the site of Fort Warburton, built to protect the capital city. However, in 1814, during the War of 1812, the British were able to invade Washington anyway, and Fort Warburton was destroyed by Americans so that it wouldn’t fall into British hands."

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Fort Washington
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3 hours
Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, MD 20744; (301) 763-4600;
Local Contacts
A National Park Service map is at Maps are also available at the entrance gate and the visitor center.
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