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Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
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To our Friends in the Reenacting Community:

Welcome to Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site! The Museum enlists the talents and knowledge of reenactors to offer numerous living history programs interpreting Civil War soldier and civilian life. Programs contribute to the public’s understanding of the period and enhance the Museum’s educational mission. Fort Ward welcomes both Union and Confederate groups. Fort Ward’s largest living history program is Civil War Camp Day, but smaller presentations are staged throughout the year.

Artillerymen pose in front of the Fort Ward Ceremonial gate

Military and civilian interpretations have featured:

  • infantry drills
  • artillery demonstrations
  • camp life
  • signal corps demonstrations
  • naval history
  • first person impressions (army surgeons, laundresses, engineers, photographers, relief workers, Civil War Santa Claus, Walt Whitman, Clara Barton)
  • torchlight tours
  • soldier-led walking tours of the fort
  • participation in Civil War Kids’ Camp programming
  • holiday observances

Fort Ward welcomes military and civilian interpreters and sutlers, and seeks new ideas for living history programs. Please provide your unit contact information and interpretive ideas to Fort Ward Museum. For details on guidelines and logistics, please click on the links. Email Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site.

Fort Ward Museum 
& Historic Site
4301 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
703.746.4848
Fax: 703.671.7350
Email 

Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday, Closed

Park Hours
Daily, 9 a.m. to sunset

Office Hours
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.