Accokeek Farms at Piscataway Park, Fort Washington

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Fort Washington, located near the community of Fort Washington, Maryland, was for many decades the only defensive fort protecting Washington D.C. The original fort, overlooking the Potomac River, was completed in 1809, and was begun as Fort Warburton, but renamed in 1808. During the War of 1812, the fort was destroyed by its own garrison during a British advance.The current historic fort—maintained by the National Park Service—was initially constructed in 1824. It is a stone structure with a good cannon shot down the Potomac River. The fort was extensively remodeled in the 1840s and 1890s. The Fort was turned over to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1946 after its last military personnel departed.The expansive grounds of the present Fort Washington Park, with its extensive hiking/bicycle paths and river view, are a scenic venue for picnicking, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Historical re-enactments are held periodically at the Fort, and there is a small museum. In 2006, repairs were done to shore up the crumbling outer wall, in preparation for the 200th anniversary.The Fort Washington Light, located below the fort, was established in 1857. The current tower, standing 28 feet tall, was constructed in 1882.HistoryNative American, Colonial Era and early independenceNative Americans of the Piscataway tribe had long lived in the area where Piscataway Creek meets the Potomac River in southern Maryland and understood the defensive value of the promontory above the river there. When Governor Leonard Calvert first explored the area in 1634, he "found the surrounding heights covered with Indians, to the number of about five hundred, in hostile array." After securing peace with the Piscataway, in 1645 an act for the defense of the province established a garrison of 100 men at the same site at the mouth of Piscataway creek.
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  • Had a very cute gift shop at the entrance. This site gave you a great idea what a working farm would be like in colonial times. With animals,gardens,out buildings. The true gem to me was walking to...  more »
  • Visited Piscataway National Historic Park in Charles County MD on the Potomac River. It includes a Colonial Farm and was fascinating. It includes information about colonial life and Piscataway tribe.....  more »
  • Very nice park in Southern Maryland (Charles County )it is part of a chain of parks on and around the Potomac River & its tributaries located in Prince George’s & Charles Counties. This and most of the parks & recreational facilities in the area are a nice mix of historical, cultural, & natural preserve along with providing recreational facilities and activities!! Such as the boat slip here or fishing piers found at other parks in the area!! Nature trails are also part of the fun!! Personally, I simply like looking for different kinds of birds but mainly raptors they are my favorites, Red tail Hawk, Osprey & Bald Eagles can be seen most days!! If you are into history and nature and in historic southern Maryland you might want to visit this park just to unwind and enjoy what it has to offer!!
  • Lovely area. Quiet setting....especially in February 😉 well labeled. Particularly nice for children. Will return in Spring...blossoms should be pretty.

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