Learn About the Park

A close-up of letters promoting the anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens.


The news section offers the most up to date park news information, and features the park newspaper.

A Civil War reenactment with a cannon in the background at Fort Stevens.

Photos & Multimedia

Experience photo galleries and multimedia presentations of the Civil War Defenses of Washington both past and present.

A view of the Chain Bridge from Battery Martin Scott from Harper's Weekly, August 24, 1861.

History & Culture

An overview of the history revolving around the Civil War Defense of Washington including information on notable people, places, and stories

A scenic view of nature at Fort Dupont.


The Forts are home to wildlife and native plants, and host a variety of valuable natural resources.

A reenactor doing a demonstration for park visitors at Fort Stevens.


Information on bringing the Civil War Defenses of Washington into your classroom and education.

Junior Ranger Program Guide for Fort Circle Parks

Kids & Youth

Kids don't just read about history, become a part of it! Learn about our Junior Ranger Program.

A close-up of a group of Park Rangers standing together at Fort Stevens.


The National Park Service Civil War Defenses of Washington sites are under the management of three separate units.

Last updated: June 17, 2016

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Mailing Address:

Civil War Defenses of Washington
3545 Williamsburg Lane N.W.

Washington, DC 200008



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