"Ft Ward" Alexandria Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields

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At the outset of the Civil War, Union forces occupied Alexandria. Surrounded by Confederates and their sympathizers, Washington was very vulnerable. So the army constructed a series of forts all around the city.

Most are gone, but a few still survive. The best example in Virginia is Ft Ward. This historic fort was never attacked. But it offers a look at life in the army during the Civil War era. The Visitors Center has a collection of weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia. Tour the troops' quarters, to see how they lived.

There is also a park here with picnic grounds and a small outdoor amphitheater. Music and other events are scheduled all summer. The fort and park are operated by the city of Alexandria.

Address: 4301 West Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22304
Directions: From downtown Alexandria, take King St to T.C. Williams High School, then go right on Kenwood Ave. Then turn left on Braddock Road. It's on the right.
othercontact: Fax: 703-671-7350
Phone: 703-838-4848
Website: http://oha.alexandriava.gov/fortward/

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  • Written Sep 26, 2008
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