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“Hidden Jewel”

Fort Washington Park
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is the best kept secret within reach of the popular "National Harbor." Quiet and serene during the week, this little used park is the perfect place for a break from the crowds of sightseers.

The Fort is huge and imposing and very interesting. You can stand on the wall and look fifteen miles to Washington D.C. The shop is small and quaint, but is full of interesting things, let your imagination take you back to the eighteen hundreds. Use it, love it.

1  Thank Richard M
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Fort Washington National Park is rather small, but quite historic. Located at a key bend in the Potomac River it never had to perform the military defense function for which it was built, but there are meaningful remains of the military infrastructure. The Park Service provides informative guided tours and occasional other events. Mostly, though, it's a lovely place for walks and picnics on nice days.

1  Thank 2SU
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is a great place to go to chill out and let your pets have the run of the park! It's laid back and no one bothers you. Take a trip back in time when you go there. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 21 December 2013

I took my 5 yr old just on a whim driving back to somd and how amazed was I to find this gem! My daughter ran around and had a great time, she wanted me to read every sign and then explain in detail what each meant. This was truly a learning experience for us both, just to be standing here imagining what took place back in the 1800's. We will definitely be back with my husband & other child.

1  Thank Nicole J
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

Unfortunately, the weather turned nasty on us and we toured the fort in sleet and icy rain. Despite the bad weather, the park ranger still took us on a tour of the fort. Originally named Fort Washburn, Fort Washington was rebuilt after it was burned down to protect it from capture by southern forces during the Civil War. There were many buildings to see and it was evident this place was armed to the teeth at one time. It certainly would have caused havoc for any attacking force. Luckily, there never were any. We wished the weather was better so we would have been more inclined to walk the grounds and look at everything in more detail. Regardless, it was still very enjoyable.

1  Thank Melodycthomas
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