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Part of our in-depth series exploring Southern Early American Forts

Picture of Fort Hunt

Fort Hunt was part of the Harbor Defenses of Washington D.C. and was commanded by Fort Washington, located across the Potomac River in Maryland. It was inactive between 1933 and 1942. Fort Hunt was used as a German POW camp during World War II. Previously called Battery at Sheridan Point and Sheridan's Point Post. Officially designated a fort on April 13, 1899, and named after Brevet Maj. Gen. Henry J. Hunt. All of the military buildings, except one, are long gone. The park is on the George Washington Memorial Parkway (which runs through the site) and is administered by the National Park Service.

Thanks to Phil Payette at American Forts Network for the above picture and information.

The George Washington Memorial Parkway manages this popular area. The park is open year- round, and has several picnic areas with a variety of facilities. Throughout the year, picnic area "E" is available to all visitors on a "first come, first served" basis. April through October, the park administers a picnic reservation program. For a fee, groups may reserve a picnic area for their exclusive use.

Reservations must be made in advance at 1-800-365-2267.

Directions
From Downtown Washington, DC:

Take 14th Street Bridge south towards Virginia). Take Exit for Mt. Vernon/National Airport; continue past National Airport, through Old Town Alexandria; Fort Hunt Park is 5 miles south of Old Town Alexandria; exit to the right at the sign marked "FORT HUNT ROAD/FORT HUNT PARK".

Beltway from Maryland to Alexandria, Virginia:

Take very first exit after Wilson Bridge (Mt. Vernon Highway); this will put you on South Washington Street; continue for 5 miles; exit to the right at the sign marked "FORT HUNT ROAD/FORT HUNT PARK".

NOTE: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mt. Vernon Highway, and Washington Street, are all the same road depending on where you are at the moment.

Beltway from Virginia to Alexandria, Virginia:

Take Exit 1 North; go to the first traffic light and take a right on Franklin Street; go about 3 blocks and take a right on South Washington Street; continue for 5 miles; exit to the right at the sign marked "FORT HUNT ROAD/FORT HUNT PARK".

Communities and Related Links
Alexandria Visitor Information
Washington, DC, Official Tourism

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