Fort Washington is named for its historic significance and strategic location on the Potomac River in an unincorporated area south of the District of Columbia. The original Fort Warburton was completed in 1809 but destroyed by the British during the War of 1812. Renamed Fort Washington when rebuilt in 1824, it was designed to protect the District of Columbia from future British attacks. During World War II the Fort served as an Army Officer Candidate School as well as the location for the 67th WAAC Detachment of women that supported the war effort. The Potomac River borders Fort Washington on the west, National Harbor to the north, Oxon Hill to the northeast and Accokeek to the south.
Quality of Life:
Residents enjoy outdoor, educational and environmental activities in Fort Washington due to their proximity to Piscataway Park. Interpreting and conserving the natural resources of Piscataway Park through numerous community programs benefits all residents. The National Colonial Farm uses plants to preserve our culture and health through research and education for the entire DC Metro region. Improve your golf handicap with the challenging and popular Henson Creek Golf course open to the public. Live harness racing fans can step back in time and visit Rosecroft Raceway.
Maryland Route 210 off of 95/495 provides good access to Fort Washington for commuters. There is no Metro stop in Fort Washington. It is accessible through roads such as the Livingston Road and Old Forts Roads.