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Watch an Artillery Demonstration at Fort Washington Park

Artillery demonstration at Fort Washington Park.
Artillery demonstration at Fort Washington Park.

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Artillery Demonstrations & Musket Firings

Ever wonder how Civil War cannons were fired? Come and join the Fort Washington Guard as they handle muskets and shoot off cannons. Visit the park the first and third Sunday of every month to watch the Fort Washington Guard demonstrate and explain the procedures used during the muzzle-loading era of American Artillery.

For information about upcoming events visit the park's calendar.
Details

The cannon is fired on the hour at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Each demonstration takes about 15 minutes.

Domestic Pets are allowed in all outdoor park areas, including the parade ground and bastions of the old fort (except during artillery demonstrations). All pets must be on a leash and under the control by their owner at all times. Pets are not allowed in the visitor center or the barracks buildings of the old fort with the exception of service animals. Please pick up after your pet and dispose of any waste properly.

There is a $10.00 fee to enter park, the program is free.

13551 Fort Washington Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

From I-95/495 take exit 3, Indian Head Highway South/MD 210. Travel about 4 miles to Fort Washington Road, turn right. The park is located at the end of the road. From Waldorf, MD: MD228 to Indian Head Highway/MD210 North. Turn left onto Old Fort Road. Continue to end of road, at the stop sign turn left onto Fort Washington Road, continue to park entrance.

Directions Details

Artillery Demonstrations: Every 1st Sunday of every month from 04/02/2017 to 11/05/2017 

Artillery Demonstrations & Musket Firings: Every 3rd Sunday of every month from 05/21/2017 to 09/17/2017 

 

 

Artillery Demonstrations: Every 1st Sunday of every month from 04/02/2017 to 11/05/2017 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM


Artillery Demonstrations & Musket Firings: Every 3rd Sunday of every month from 05/21/2017 to 09/17/2017 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM

 

Accessibility Information

Fort Washington Park has accessible parking and restrooms throughout the park. Many paths and some trails are paved, but large sections of the River Trail are not accessible. Also, while there are paved accessible routes to the fort and visitor center, the layout of these historic structures may pose some accessibility challenges.

Please call park staff at (301) 763-4600 with any concerns and to discuss options as to how we can help facilitate your visit.

 

Last updated: May 25, 2017