Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Protecting America's Legacy
Preservation at Fort Hunt
The National Park Service preserves and protects the resources and related stories of Fort Hunt Park in the following ways:
1. Removing vegetation to prevent root systems from weakening the concrete structure of the gun batteries;
2. Adding steel-mesh doors to batteries to improve air circulation, prevent vandalism, and promote public safety;
3. Preserving cultural landscapes, including the tree-lined historic roadbed in front of the Mount Vernon Battery.
During the Spanish-American War, Fort Hunt worked in tandem with Fort Washington (MD) to protect Washington, D.C. from enemy attack along the Potomac River. The battery in front of you held a single gun whose fire would force ships to maneuver into the range of larger, more powerful guns. However, the guns at Fort Hunt were never fired in wartime action.
Completed: August 1902
Dimensions: 55 feet wide x 65 feet deep x 13.5 feet high
Artillery: One 5-inch rapid-fire gun
Be safe and help us protect our cultural heritage
• Stay on designated paths. Please watch your step. Historic surfaces are uneven and may be damp or slippery. Use handrails when climbing stairs.
• Climbing on or attempting to access restricted areas of historic structures is unsafe and may damage park resources.
• It is illegal to remove anything from Fort Hunt Park. Everything is protected so you and future generations may enjoy these historic resources.
Erected by George Washington Memorial Highway - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 42.938′ N, 77° 2.842′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fort Hunt Park Loop, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Fort Hunt Park, a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway administered by the National Park Service. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22308, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Sater (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Washington—The Capital’s Guardian (approx. 0.2 miles away but has Beyond What You See Today (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Hunt Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); People and the Land (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Support of American Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
Also see . . . Fort Hunt. NPS site. (Submitted on June 5, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • War, Spanish-American •
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