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“NICE LITTLE CIVIL WAR FORT WITH PICNIC AND WALKING AND JOGGING AREAS” 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 #23 of 39 Attractions in Alexandria
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Alexandria, VA
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“NICE LITTLE CIVIL WAR FORT WITH PICNIC AND WALKING AND JOGGING AREAS”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We have been going to Fort Ward for years. It is a good place to jog, walk the dog, cook in embedded outdoor grills, or to enjoy some music on Thursday night in the summer. The park, which has nearly 50 acres, is an old Union fort that was designed to protect the parameter of Washington DC. There are a few civil war batteries in the park and there is a small museum that has infrequent hours but some history on the park and area. The park is generally well maintained and parking is available in at least 4 locations. Traffic through the park is limited in peak times such as the weekend and summer. Periodically, events occur there such as civil war enactments. It is not otherwise a destination for out of town tourists. It is instead a place for people living in DC area who need to get out of their apartments, condos, or homes and exercise or cook outdoors in a nice, clean environment.

Visited June 2012
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“Terrific little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

This is one of the finest small museums I've ever been into - well-selected and displayed materials, and a terrific local flavor to them. The Elmer Ellsworth materials on display were great (he was the friend of the Lincoln family who was shot down very early in 1861 after teraing down a Confederate flag from a hotel across the river in Alexandria VA).

Visited May 2012
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“Quiet Place to Get Away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

After traveling with our young daughter to the DC area, we took our second day in town to regroup and relax.

We found this quaint park a lovely place to spend a couple hours relaxing and eating a slice of delicious pistachio cake we had gotten from a wonderful Mediterranean Bakery and Cafe in Alexandria.

The museum is small but well kept. There are interesting civil war items on display as well as helpful background information.

We loved how easy it was to get to this location as well as how quiet it was when we got there. Several folks were out walking their dogs or running on the outskirts of the fort area.

A great spot to enjoy the sunshine and get away from the crowds!

Visited April 2012
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“Historic and a nice park...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

One of the forts that defneded Washington during the Civil War... A very nice place to visit, with information about the historic nature and function of the Fort... Excellent for a picnic too... Usually quiet in a very nice setting...

Visited March 2012
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“Standing in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you love America, visit all the historical spots in Alexandria. At Fort Ward you will find a new appreciation for the struggles that we have faced as a nation. It is an incredibly emotional visit.

Visited March 2012
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