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. Touch 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 (was approx. 0.2 miles away but 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. ¼ mile away); In Support of American Defense (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 456 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 5, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.