The community is named for Fort Washington, which upon its completion in 1809 was the only defensive fort protecting Washington, D.C. The fort is a stone structure and offered a good field of range for cannon fire at enemy advances on the Potomac River. During the War of 1812, the fort was quickly abandoned during a British advance. In 1844, a cannon exploded on the USS Princeton as it was passing Fort Washington. During World War II, the US Army’s Adjutant General‘s School was located at the fort, and had billeting for 362 officers and 2,526 enlisted persons.
Culture is alive and well in this treasured town. Located conveniently right along the shores of the lovely Potomac River, many of Fort Washington’s homes feature waterfront access and docks that allow residents to park watercraft. If you want to spend a day sightseeing along the banks of the Potomac, then this is the area for you.
In addition to Fort Washington’s waterfront access, the arts thrive, as well. Just a stone’s throw from the Smithsonian Institutions 18 museums, art and portrait galleries, this area is prime real estate for those wishing to partake of the fine arts.
But if it’s outdoor family time you crave, The military fort that gave Fort Washington its name is still standing and open to the public at Fort Washington Park. Originally constructed in 1825 to help protect the town from invasion by water, the fort features artillery demonstrations, tours and more for families interested in Maryland’s rich military history.
Fort Washington is best known for the role it played in Maryland’s military history. The old fort still stands on 900 acres of protected ground for the public to visit and explore. Until the onset of the Civil War, Fort Washington was the only major defense for the Nation’s Capital.
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