The life of a Civil War-era soldier is portrayed through Fort Washington's many living history programs. On weekends park interpreters, dressed in authentic US Army uniforms, recreate the life of a 19th century military garrison. These living history programs take place only at specific times - for a schedule of events call 301-763-4600.
Picnicing and hiking are also popular activities at the park, and fishing is allowed along the Potomac River. Picnic areas can be reserved for group activities by calling the park in advance.
The park has a visitor center, picnic areas (including group reservation areas), restrooms and hiking trails.
Fort Washington Lighthouse - White wood tower on the banks of the Potomac River south of Washington DC. Originally a fog bell tower, the structure was adapted as a lighthouse after a nearby one (demolished in 1901) became obstructed by other buildings. Following structural reinforcements by the Army, in 1901 the 28-foot bell tower was equipped with the former lighthouse’s tiny, 6th order Fresnel lens. Now bears a red channel marker; fog bell still present but not operational. The first light on this site was an 18.5 foot iron pole with a light that was hoisted at dusk like a flag. Current structure built in 1882. Owned and maintained by USCG (Coast Guard Activities Baltimore). Located in Fort Washington Park which is managed by the National Park Service. Eligible for listing on National Register of Historic Places. (Learn More)