The Trails and Ridge Picnic Area Closed on September 13,2014
The Trails and Ridge Picnic Area at Fort Dupont will be closed on September 13,2014 from 9:00 AM till 1:00PM
Today nineteen fort sites are administered by the National Park Service located on approximately 130 acres. There are 8 fort sites east of the Anacostia River in the District administered by National Capital Parks-East.
Each fortification was a link in this chain of forts surrounding the capital city during the Civil War. The forts below protected the capitol from southern sympathizing Marylanders. Click the highlighted fort name to learn more about its story and the role it played in defending the District of Columbia.
Did You Know?
The design for the Defenses of Washington was based on a textbook published in 1836 called A TREATISE ON FIELD FORTIFICATIONS, by Dennis Hart Mahan. Mahan was a professor of civil and military engineering at West Point.