Fort Ward Brochure
The brochure provides information on significant sites throughout Fort Ward Park.
As part of the Defenses of Washington, Fort Ward protected the nation' capital during the Civil War (1861-1865), and the vital seaport of Alexandria. After the war, a group of formerly enslaved African Americans bought land here and established a community known as "The Fort." Despite facing social and legal inequalities, the residents of "The Fort" built homes, churches and a school, and created a strong community that survived for nearly a century. Their legacy reflects enduring ideas of freedom.