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“Great Location!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Ward Museum and Park

Fort Ward Museum and Park
Fairfax, VA
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81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great Location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Our group had an event at the park and it was perfect for us. Bathrooms could be better kept but overall it was a great time.

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Alexandria, VA
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1,028 reviews
455 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 445 helpful votes
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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Cleveland OH
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34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“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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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“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
Thank nadida
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Alexandria, Virginia
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100 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“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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