. . . trooped out to see the city's southern defenses. It's easy to understand Fort Washington's strategic value as you stand behind its stone ramparts: Down below, the Potomac bends west, providing an unparalleled view that today can be appreciated much more for its scenic beauty. And all around, the stronghold has been opened up, allowing you to walk over, around and through the former gun batteries. Better yet, history roars to life each summer, when cannon crews offer a noisy reminder of what the fort once stood for.
The sprawling park offers many outing options, including hiking and fishing.
(2000 File Photo/Mark Gail -- The Washington Post)
13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington. Entrance fees apply. Civil War artillery programs are scheduled for today, July 13 and Aug. 3. For details, call 301-763-4600 or go to www.nps.gov/fowa.
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