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    Civil War Defenses of Washington

    District of Columbia

Operating Hours & Seasons

The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington sites are open every day except January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25. The hours of operation are from dawn to dusk. Please contact each park for more information.

Did You Know?

Fort Stevens

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.