Restrooms and water
There are two restroom buildings located in Fort Ward Park. The building directly behind the Museum is open all year, the restrooms located near the amphitheater are closed during the cold weather months. Public restrooms are also available in the Museum during operating hours. Water for camp life activities can be obtained from a hose connection at the Museum building and designated hose bibs within the park. Please check with Museum staff for access.
Firewood will be provided by the Museum for camp life activities and for pre-approved overnight camping by reenactors and sutlers. One camp fire per unit is allowed. Pits should be dug by carefully rolling sod aside so that it can be replaced once the fire is doused. Units are responsible for extinguishing fires and cleaning up the camp fire area. Fires should not be left unattended.
In the event of extremely wet or muddy conditions, Fort Ward staff may provide bales of straw to reenactors for safety considerations and to protect the turf.
Trash receptacles are located throughout the Park. Units are responsible for policing their camp areas, and for removing spent cartridges, cartridge papers and other debris.
A pay telephone is located adjacent to the restroom building to the rear of the Museum parking lot.
Food and beverages
There are no vending machines at Fort Ward and no on-site food services. At some of the larger events, local service organizations or the Friends of Fort Ward sell beverages such as bottled water, lemonade, soft drinks, and juice. For casual dining off the premises, there are three shopping centers within a mile of Fort Ward that offer fast-food options, cafes, specialty coffee and pastries, and family-style dining. There are also two grocery stores at the nearby Bradlee Shopping Center.