28 October 2015
We went to Fort Washington because I wanted to show my son how far away and how small the only defense of Washington was at the beginning of the Civil War. It turned out to be a completely fascinating site that's worth visiting. It's south of the city on the Potomac in Maryland. There are plenty of signs around to explain what you're seeing, plenty of fort to poke around, park rangers to talk to, and a short video to watch. This site would also work for the War of 1812 since its commander blew it up when the British sailed by and they rebuilt it afterward. Either way, this one is worth having on your list.