To Defend A Nation

Built to defend the river approach to  Washington, DC, Fort Washington has stood as silent sentry for over 200 years. As technologies advanced so did Fort Washington, from the brick and stone of the 19th century to the concrete and steel of the 20th century.  Joining the National Park Service in 1946, the park continues to protect the Potomac River.

a line of men in Civil War Union uniforms with rifles
Special Event- September 30th

Fort Washington Through the Ages: War of 1812 through WWII. September 30th, 9:00-5:30PM

The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was stationed at Fort Washington during World War II.
The WAAC's were here in World War II.

Fort Washington was established in 1809 and was an active post through World War II.

Picnics, Races, Photo/Film Shoots, Public Gatherings

Many activities at the park require a permit, reserve a picnic area, a foot race/walk, a wedding check out the regulations.

Historic Map of Point Comfort, Va.
400 Years of African American History

August 1619 The first documented landing of Africans to the colony of Virginia was recorded by English colonist John Rolfe.

Large black iron cannon in the woods
Fort Foote Park

Explore historic Fort Foote, take a hike along the Potomac river, and see beautiful wildlife.

Photo of Harmony Hall Mansion
Harmony Hall

An 18th century plantation home with a view of the Potomac river.

Last updated: September 15, 2023

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13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744


301 763-4600

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