Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the difference between the Fort Circle Parks and the Civil War Defenses of Washington?
This website focuses on Civil War Defenses of Washington sites that are administered by the National Park Service. However, our partner sites, administered by other public agencies, are mentioned throughout the website with corresponding links.
Q. How do I visit the Civil War Defenses of Washington?
If you have more questions please contact the individual sites. more...
Q. What are the hours of operation?
Q. Is parking available at the sites?
Q. Can I schedule a tour for my visit?
Q. Where can I get a passport stamp?
Q. How do I reserve a sports field, a community garden plot, or a picnic area?
Q. Does it cost anything to visit the sites?
Q. Can I bring my dog to the park?
Q. Are the sites handicapped accessible?
Did You Know?
The Civil War Defenses were generally named after well known Union officers (many deceased during the war). This was not always the case. Fort Williams was first named Fort Traitor because the owner, Samuel Cooper(left), pledged an oath to the Union only to become a Confederate later on in the war.