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Fort Washington, Fort Washington Light, Northeast side of Potomac River at Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington, Prince George's County, MD

Fort Washington, Fort Washington Light, Northeast side of Potomac River at Fort Washington Park, Fort Washington, Prince George's County, MD

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Significance: A light and fog signal were located at Fort Washington to guide ships along the Potomac River, an important shipping and transportation route from the Chesapeake Bay to the cities of Alexandria and Washington. The Fort Washington Light is unusual in that it was originally modified to support a light in 1902-04. It is rare for a fog bell tower to support both a light and fog signal. Once common at many light stations, most wooden fog bell towers became obsolete as fog bells were replaced with other types of fog signals, such as sirens, horns, and whistles.
Survey number: HABS MD-307-G
Building/structure dates: 1882 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1902 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1904 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1920 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1999 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 2009 Subsequent Work



Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
U.S. Light-House Board
National Park Service
War Department
Hane Bell Foundry
Henry McShane & Co.
Decrow, W E
C.J. Codd Company
Oyster and Maritime Museum
Cameron, Joseph
Kelley, Edward
Phillips, Louis
Wills, Henry M
Howell, John M
Hannon, T L
Pierpont, Jonathan
Davis, William T
McCahan, Daniel
Jones, Samuel
Stinchcomb, W S
Powell, Gary E
Richardson, C M
Roest, Jean Marie
Ekland, Josephine
U.S. Coast Guard
Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society
Historic Preservation Training Center, National Park Service
Croteau, Todd, program manager
Long, Susan, sponsor
National Capital Region, US National Park Service, sponsor
Faith, Shiela, researcher
Christianson, Justine, transmitter


Fort Washington Estates38.70734, -77.02303
Google Map of 38.7073379, -77.0230313


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