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Saturday,  April 27, 2013

Learn more about the Civil War history of Fort Ward and the Defenses of Washington on a soldier-led walking tour of the historic fort. On Saturday,  April 27, Museum staff member Kevin Moriarty will conduct the tour in Union uniform. The tour begins at 2 p.m. in the Museum, and lasts 90 minutes. The program is free, and is weather dependent.

Visitors will learn about the extensive Federal defense system that included Fort Ward, how a Civil War fort was designed and built, and army life in the Washington area. The tour will begin with an orientation at a map display on the Defenses of Washington and some highlighted objects in Museum exhibits. Participants will then tour the outdoor historic site, which will include visiting reconstructions of a period Officers’ Hut and the fort’s Ceremonial Entrance Gate, the preserved earthwork features of the fort, and the fully restored Northwest bastion.

Fort Ward is the best preserved of the forts remaining in the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Fort Ward Museum features exhibits, programs and special events throughout the year. Fort Ward is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in the west end of Alexandria. Please contact Fort Ward Museum for more information at 703-746-4848, or visit the web site


Office of Historic Alexandria 

Administration Offices

Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: 703.838.6451

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.