• Fort Washington

    Fort Washington

    Park Maryland

Plan Your Visit

The grounds are open 8am -sunset. The visitor center and historic fort are open 9am -5:00pm.

 
St. Anne's Church Boy Scout Pack 624, Arlington, VA ,drilling on the mountain howitzer.
 

Beyond the Capital - Summer 2014

Welcome to Fort Washington Park.

We invite you to explore the historic Fort Washington that has stood as silent sentry defending the Nation's Capital, for over 180 years.
Fort Washington is one of the few remaining Seacoast Forts in its original designs.

Along with the fort, the park offers recreational activities such as fishing and picnicking.

We look forward to your visit.

Park Map

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.