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“Little Piece of History Nestled in Suburban Alexandria” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Ward Museum and Park

Fort Ward Museum and Park
4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
703 838 4848
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Ranked #19 of 32 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Little Piece of History Nestled in Suburban Alexandria”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

I would bet that most people drive past Fort Ward and never give it a second thought.

The Fort was one of several constructed by Union Forces during the Civil War to protect Washington D.C. from Confederate attack. Only Fort Ward and maybe one or two others still exist in some form or another.

The earthen walls can still be seen, though not as imposing as they might have once been, but you can still see how the fort was laid out and some parts of it are better preserved than others. The fort also has several examples of cannon available to see.

The museum at Fort Ward is nice and has some good items to view.

Aside from the history, the fort offers a walking trail, some picnic tables and plenty of parking. Be on the lookout for special events, such as the one we went to in December, which was a Christmas in the Civil War event. Reenactors were there to explain how the cannon were used, the small arms used, uniforms, how Christmas was celebrated, etc.

The park is free, though donations are encouraged.

Visited December 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Lots of open space!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We enjoyed our two-hour trip here. Lots of green space. I imagine the park has been hit by some heavy usage, as there were signs asking us to keep to the paths and stay off the cannons.

Small playground at the bottom of a hill.

It was a nice visit. Come here to connect with history, not nature.

Visited December 2011
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Grand Island, NY
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“Simple to experience, easy walk, nice small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

It's surrounded by a park, with picnic grounds, a great place to walk the dog, jog, hang out. And the fort remains are in the center, and you can walk most of it. There is a small museum worth touring.

Visited December 2011
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“A very pleasant walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

A small museum and one restored bastion of the Fort. A very nice place to spend an hour on a sunny day. The significance of the Fort and its location will obviously be of greater significance to those who have an interest in the Civil War.

It's worth checking their website to see if there are any special events: some of the re-enactment days are excellent!

Visited September 2011
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