June 21 – Soldier-led walking tours at Fort Ward


Learn about the history of Fort Ward on a soldier-led tour on Saturday, June 21, as a Union Civil War soldier gives guided tours of the historic site at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants begin the tour inside the Museum with a brief orientation of the Defenses of Washington. Their soldier guide draws from examples of objects in the exhibit cases to illustrate life at a Civil War military installation. To help explain his duties, this soldier will be equipped with an artillery haversack of reproduction tools used to fire a cannon. Visitors will learn about Fort Wards construction and a soldiers life in the Defenses of Washington as they explore the Officers Hut, Ceremonial Gate, and the restored Northwest Bastion during the hour-long tour. Admission is free and reservations are not required.  Comfortable walking shoes and dressing for the weather are recommended.   Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is located at 4301 West Braddock Road in Alexandria.  It was the fifth largest installation within the extensive network of forts known as the Defenses of Washington, which was built to protect the Federal capital during the Civil War. For more information, please call Fort Ward Museum at 703.838.4848 or visit www.fortward.org.