• Fort Washington

    Fort Washington

    Park Maryland

Operating Hours & Seasons

Historic Fort and Visitor Center

The Visitor Center and Historic Fort are open daily.

The first Sunday in April through the last Saturday in October the buildings are open 9:00-5:00. The rest of the year they close at 4:00

The park grounds are open 8:00-sunset at all times.

Closed January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25

Did You Know?

The explosion aboard the USS Princeton in 1844 occured on the river near Fort Washington.

In 1844, President John Tyler was almost killed on the river near Fort Washington, when an experimental cannon exploded aboard the USS Princeton. Six were killed(including Secretary of State Abel Upshaw & Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer) , 20 were injured. The accident prompted Thomas Jackson Rodman to develop a new way of casting artillery and the creation of the 15inch Rodman Gun, like the ones that can be seen at Fort Foote.