Fort Washington National Park Travel Guide

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Fort Washington National Park Things to Do

  • Woodrow Wilson Bridge

    Just a few miles north of Fort Washington and a stone's throw from National Harbor is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge which allows the Washington Beltway to Cross the Potomac River.The original Woodrow Wilson Bridge was completed in 1961. This bridge, just over a mile long, carried six lanes and had a drawbridge in the middle. Due to the relatively low...

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  • Fort Washington Light

    Fort Washington Light sits just below the front of the Fort with the same name. The first lighthouse here was built in 1857, the second in 1870, and the current lighthouse was constructed in 1882 and converted to the lighthouse in 1901. Interestingly, Jefferson Davis, as Secretary of War, authorized the first lighthouse here in what would become a...

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  • Warburton Manor

    Warburton Manor was located on a bluff high above the Potomac River. Built in 1661 by the Digges family, who were friends of George Washington. It is said that Washington would take the ferry across the river from Mount Vernon to spend time with the influential family that had ties to the governor of Virginia. Later, when L'Enfant was designing...

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  • Broad Creek Historic District

    You would never know it just passing through, but the tiny village of Broad Creek is one of the oldest English settlements in the Washington DC area, and it has ties to George Washington. Broad Creek Historic District consists of three existing buildings, the ruins of another, and the remnants of an old canal.Harmony Hall was a plantation house...

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  • Fort Foote

    Fort Foote is a Civil War-era fortress just a few miles upriver from Fort Washington. This is a National Park, administered from nearby Fort Washington, but I will go on record as saying this might be the worst National Park I have ever seen. Other than the standard brown park sign, the place looks like the dumpiest local park you might find deep...

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  • National Harbor

    National Harbor is the massive, brand new waterfront shopping and entertainment district along the Potomac just outside of the DC Beltway. The 300 acre complex opened in 2008 after some two billion dollars of investment and a decade of planning. The facility resembles a tiny six or eight block main street area of a city with its hotels,...

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Fort Washington National Park Favorites

  • Fort Washignton's Main Fort

    The main fort area contains an officers barracks, enlisted barracks, a huge main gate, and numerous gun emplacements. This area is full of historical markers and the main base flag pole. At closing time the respectful National Park Service employee lowers the flag and lays it on the ground before he folds it. What a mor0n; he deserves to be fired.

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  • Lower areas of Fort Washington

    Fort Washington's lower areas include the lighthouse, Battery White, and an old, abandoned barracks that might have been a post hospital at one time. On the sire of Battery White were two previous batteries, as well as the original fort at this site. The lighthouse was once surrounded by numerous outbuildings such as the keeper's house. Also in the...

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  • Fort Washington's BX and NCO Quarters

    Two of the first building you see when entering the park through the front gate are the abandoned BX/Gym and the NCO Quarters. These two buildings are completely abandoned and boarded up. The pain is chipping, and the wood is beginning to crumble. These buildings have no historic plaques or markers, so there is little information about their...

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