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Fort Hunt in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Washington—The Capitalís Guardian

 
 
Fort Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 13, 2007
1. Fort Washington Marker
Inscription.  Fort Washington, directly across the river, is the oldest existing fortification erected for the defense of the national capital. It was begun in 1814 to replace the first fort which was destroyed during the War of 1812 with Great Britain.

George Washington selected the location in 1794 when construction of a fort on the Potomac was considered. The high masonry walls, gun positions, dry moat, and drawbridge all illustrate principles of military science and architecture used during the nationís early life.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts or Castles. In addition, it is included in the Defenses of Washington series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.023′ N, 77° 2.68′ W. Marker is in Fort Hunt, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of George Washington Memorial Parkway (at milepost 2) and Fort Hunt Road, on the right when traveling north on George Washington Memorial Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22308, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Last Defense (here,
Fort Washington in Maryland, from the Virginia Side of the Potomac image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 13, 2007
2. Fort Washington in Maryland, from the Virginia Side of the Potomac
next to this marker); Protecting America's Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery Sater (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beyond What You See Today (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Hunt Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); People and the Land (approx. 0.4 miles away); P.O. Box 1142 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Fort Washington Park. (Submitted on March 3, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
 
Wide View of Marker with Fort Washington in the Background image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 27, 2007
3. Wide View of Marker with Fort Washington in the Background
Directions to Fort Washington from this Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 13, 2007
4. Directions to Fort Washington from this Marker.
It is 17 miles and more than 30 minutes (traffic willing) to get to Fort Washington by car from here.
Fort Washington in 1874 image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, January 13, 2007
5. Fort Washington in 1874
Fort Washington—The Capitalís Guardian Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2014
6. Fort Washington—The Capitalís Guardian Marker
Fort Washington -The Capitalís Guardian in winter image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 17, 2014
7. Fort Washington -The Capitalís Guardian in winter
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 1,818 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 3, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.   6. submitted on July 26, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on March 7, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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