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000-5079 Fort C. F. Smith Historic District

Fort C. F. Smith Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/15/1999

NRHP Listing Date 02/01/2000

NRHP Reference Number 99001719

Fort C. F. Smith is the best-preserved Civil War defensive fort in Arlington County. Built in 1863, it was one of several union forts that encircled Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Situated on the Potomac Palisades, it was designed and oriented to capitalize on the defensive advantages of the existing topography, which remains virtually undisturbed to this day. After the war, the fort was incorporated into a farm containing a house, barn, cottage, and shed built around 1870. The former fort and associated buildings now serve as the focus of a county recreational park.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: April 21, 2020