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    Civil War Defenses of Washington

    District of Columbia

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Hiking in Fort Dupont Park.

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The areas around the forts and linking parklands create a gorgeous oasis of green in an urban setting providing a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Not only can you hike and bike on your own, but you can join in on some of the exciting activities happening in the parks. Living history programs, lectures, and park clean-ups are just a few of the educational and fun activities to be discovered and enjoyed.
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Did You Know?

Fort Washington

When the Civil War began, Fort Washington was the only existing fortification for the capital's defense. Fort Washington, nearly 12 miles down the Potomac, was built to guard against enemy ships during the War of 1812.