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Civil War Defenses of Washington Newsletter
Note: This issue is the first of Volume II. In the future, volumes will consist of 4 issues published on a quarterly basis throughout the year keeping subscribers up to date of CWDW news and events.
Restoration work is complete at Battleground National Cemetery. This restoration project included significant repairs to the historic Superintendent's Lodge and the ceremonial Rostrum. Learn more about the project and the history of the Lodge.
Join us on Saturday, May 28th from 10 a.m - 12 p.m. for a special Open House at the Superintendent's Lodge and a Rededication Ceremony for Battleground National Cemetery. A special Park Ranger program on the Battle of Fort Stevens will follow these events.
This summer the National Park Service was awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of the Coca-Cola Foundation, a Proud Partner of America's National Parks. Fort Dupont and the 7 mile Hiker-Biker Trail are the focus of the grant award which will launch the new Trail Ambassador's program and make trail improvements.
Did You Know?
As early as the 1820s, free African Americans settled in a community called Vinegar Hill, an area now known as Brightwood. During the Civil War, Fort Stevens was built within Vinegar Hill boundaries and repulsed the only Confederate attack on the District of Columbia.