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A defence along the James River.

Fort Drewry is located south of Richmond, VA. In May1862 earthworks & artillery emplacements were... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2017
Jack L
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East Syracuse, New York
Stop Off I-95

Hot, steamy morning after T-storms last night. Pleasant 1/2 mile walk along paved & gravel trail... read more

Reviewed July 27, 2016
JohnnyJ234
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed December 31, 2016

I had driven past this park for years without ever really knowing it was there. This is a great little historical park offering some interesting facts and perspectives of Fort Darling in the Civil War. There is a nice overlook of the James River and a trail (about a mile, maybe?) with placards along the way explaining the various places in the Fort and their significance.

It's a great little side trip, it could easily be done in an hour or less -- or more if you wanted to take more time. Except for the initial walkway, the trails are unpaved, but I think that strollers would be fine.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed August 13, 2016

I've visited this place a few times over the decades and really enjoy it. It is brief, but it gives one a great idea of how the South strategically defended Richmond during the American Civil War.

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

Hot, steamy morning after T-storms last night. Pleasant 1/2 mile walk along paved & gravel trail to earthworks overlooking the James River. Squirrels, woodpeckers, butterflies, and dragonflies among the wildlife seen. Very quiet, secluded from I-95. Helpful interpretive signs and 1 cannon and great view. You can see it all in 1/2 hour. No man-made restroom facilities. Free. Nice stop to get a taste of Civil War.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank JohnnyJ234
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Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a rather small site with about a mile of walking required to get there and back from the parking area. That being said, I am glad we stopped here.

The story boards help fill in the blanks and give good historical context to what you're looking at. You get a real impression of how vital it was to keep the high ground and stymie a water attack on Richmond.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed June 12, 2016

Towards the end of the war there was an interesting battle that took place on the James River as the two sides used their exiotic early submarines to attack Richmond. This site was a battlement that overlooked the river skirmishes. There is not a lot to look and so should be a short stop not the plan for the day. The plaques give a good account. Another angle of the battle can be reached from Dog's Spur on the Dutch Gap walk. Make Dutch Gap the focus of the day and this a good stop. If you are a birder, this stop is to short a trail to see much.

Date of experience: July 2015
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