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Fort Ward Museum and Park

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Fort Ward Museum and Park

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4301 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22304-1007
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Van Dorn StWashington DC Metro53 min
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC
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Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria Day Trip from Washington DC

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Take a break from the city on a half-day tour of Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. Avoid the hassle of driving out of DC yourself and instead enjoy the views along the way. A guide ensures you see and hear about landmarks you may have missed had you come on your own. Tickets to Mount Vernon are included.
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Wendybeth16 wrote a review Nov 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia78 contributions73 helpful votes
Ft. Ward Park is a park for all seasons and interests - truly an oasis in the Washington suburbs. Numerous exercise options are available, The park's trails and paths welcome walkers (both human and canine) and joggers. A scenic spot where one can easily earn those daily steps. There is a playground and spots perfect for a picnic. Here one can relax and enjoy nature. The location is also of historic importance for here was one of the circle of Lincoln's forts which offered protection to Washington during the Civil War. The Ft. Ward Museum assists visitors with interpretation of both the site (which includes the fort, earthworks and all), the "Defenses of Washington" and this period in our nation's history. The museum frequently offers special programs including soldier-led tours of the fort and encampments (where soldiers describe their daily life). In December a patriotic Santa makes a visit. Interesting too is the stories of the residents who lived in the area following the war. Highly recommended. Ft. Ward has something for all.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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tcamp0000 wrote a review Jun 2019
Alexandria, Virginia206 contributions71 helpful votes
Nice visit to this outdoor facility. Museum is helpful and grounds are well maintained. Cool part of our civil war history.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Taylor B wrote a review May 2019
Chicago, Illinois6694 contributions5591 helpful votes
To defend Washington DC against a Confederate attack during the Civil War, the Union Army constructed 68 forts, 93 batteries for artillery, seven blockhouses and 20 miles of rifle pits. One of the installations was Fort Ward, which was the fifth largest fort to defend the nation's capital. The 35-acre complex, built in 1861 on what was known as the Arlington Line, was designed with a perimeter of 540 yards and platforms for 24 guns. In 1863, the perimeter was expanded to 818 yards with room for 36 guns. The fort, located at 4301 West Braddock Road in Alexandria, Virginia, never saw any action and was dismantled in November, 1865. Today, it is well preserved with 90-95 percent of its earthen walls intact. The property includes a museum, an Officer's Hut, Ceremonial Gate and a reconstructed northwest bastion. It was designated a Virginia Landmark in 1981 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
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Date of experience: May 2019
trueanomaly wrote a review Feb 2019
Alexandria, Virginia24 contributions5 helpful votes
Quiet park with a nice loop for walking or jogging. Small museum with very helpful staff. Nice earthworks to explore and admire.
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Date of experience: February 2019
EFW2014 wrote a review Dec 2018
Woolwich, Maine856 contributions129 helpful votes
This place is free, but does have a donation box. It’s packed full of info on both the forts and towns history. I really enjoyed looking at the old civil war guns, gear etc.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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