• Fort Washington

    Fort Washington

    Park Maryland

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  • Visitor Center Access Limited

    From now through October 8th, the main entrance of the visitor center will be intermittently closed for renovations. Visitors can still enter through the entrance on the back porch. For more information please call (301) 763-4600

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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.