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“Nice slice of history” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Ward Museum and Park

Fort Ward Museum and Park
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Pittsburg, California
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“Nice slice of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Nice small museum and park. You can see everything in about an hour or less. The museum is small - one room but has a some interesting artifacts.

Visited July 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“small museum, remains of a fort, nice park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Ft. Ward was one of 43 forts in the Washington area protecting our nation's capital during the Civil War. It is one of the few forts that have survived to this day with any degree of preservation. Stop by the small museum which provides an excellent history and description of the "defense of Washington" structure and strategies, with lots of memorabilia.

During the summer, there are re-enactments, demonstrations, concerts and lectures. Check the schedule.

Visited July 2014
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United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“lovely park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

a great place to go for walks and they sponsor alot of historical events. it is much bigger than it looks from the street

Visited May 2014
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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 512 helpful votes
“A Quiet Retreat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Set on the west side of Alexandria, this park is a delight. It stretches over a number of acres as it phoused a major installation for the Union troops during the Civil War. Start with the museum to get a handle on what happened here and then explore the complex set of fortifications to get a feel of the war in progress. Stop periodically for views across the wall to imagine the enemy in camp along what is now I-395. A winding road the originates at the museum and parking lot is a great avenue for walking, running or biking. An outdoor pavilion on the west side is the venue for a variety of events during the summer. Enjoy this quiet venue set not too far from a major interstate and city thoroughfares.

Visited May 2014
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Alexandria, VA
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“GREAT LITTLE PARK TO WALK OR RIDE A BIKE AROUND!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

This pleasant little park (probably little is not the correct word because it may have almost 50 acres) is a great place to walk or ride a bike on a finished surface with gently rolling hills. You can also relax on the grass, enjoy the small museum or read some of the placards and learn of the strategic importance of this place during the Civil War. The City of Alexandria website sums it up this way:"Fort Ward is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, DC during the American Civil War (1861-1865)." So whether you are walking, riding, sun-bathing or cooking a barbeque consider this place for your next casual day out.

Visited April 2014
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