Protecting America's Legacy

Protecting America's Legacy (HMRKW)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22308
Country: United States of America

N 38° 42.938', W 77° 2.842'

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Fort Hunt, part of a national park known as the George Washington Memorial Parkway, reflects the history of Virginia and the nation. Places along the Parkway represent outstanding examples of cultural landscapes; historical, architectural, and archeological sites; and natural areas.

Preservation at Fort Hunt
The National Park Service preserves and protects the resources and related stories of Fort Hunt Park in the following ways:
1. Removing vegetation to prevent root systems from weakening the concrete structure of the gun batteries;
2. Adding steel-mesh doors to batteries to improve air circulation, prevent vandalism, and promote public safety;
3. Preserving cultural landscapes, including the tree-lined historic roadbed in front of the Mount Vernon Battery.

Battery Robinson
During the Spanish-American War, Fort Hunt worked in tandem with Fort Washington (MD) to protect Washington, D.C. from enemy attack along the Potomac River. The battery in front of you held a single gun whose fire would force ships to maneuver into the range of larger, more powerful guns. However, the guns at Fort Hunt were never fired in wartime action.

Completed: August 1902
Dimensions: 55 feet wide x 65 feet deep x 13.5 feet high
Artillery: One 5-inch rapid-fire gun
Range: 7 miles
Be safe and help us protect our cultural heritage
· Stay on designated paths. Please watch your step. Historic surfaces are uneven and may be damp or slippery. Use handrails when climbing stairs.

· Climbing on or attempting to access restricted areas of historic structures is unsafe and may damage park resources.

· It is illegal to remove anything from Fort Hunt Park. Everything is protected so you and future generations may enjoy these historic resources.
Placed ByGeorge Washington Memorial Highway - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321999 N 4287210
Decimal Degrees38.71563333, -77.04736667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.938', W 77° 2.842'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 56.28" N, 77° 2' 50.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8981 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria VA 22308, US
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