Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
By 1823, four cisterns were installed to store rainwater. Located underground at each end of the barracks and officers' quarters, these cisterns had a total capacity of 19,000 gallons.
Rainwater from the gutters and downspouts of the buildings flowed through a filter box into the cisterns. The water could then be removed by a handpump.
Location. 38° 42.631′ N, 77° 2.125′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Washington Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Fort Washington Park, near the enlisted barracks. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Counterscarp Battery (a few steps from this marker); Minefields (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Shot and Shell (within shouting distance of this marker); Caponiere New Guns for an Old Fort (about 500 feet away); The Northwest Demi-Bastion (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Water Battery (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Washington.
More about this marker. An overhead plan of the fort, on the lower left of the marker, indicates the locations of the cisterns. On the right side of the marker an illustration shows soldiers of the garrison using the hand pump to fill buckets. A fort plan in the upper right indicates the location of the marker.
Also see . . . Fort Washington. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.