Our network

Fort Willard Historic Site Opens in Belle Haven Neighborhood | Community Spirit

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Fort Willard Historic Site Opens in Belle Haven Neighborhood
Fort Willard Historic Site Opens in Belle Haven Neighborhood

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Representatives from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County Park Authority gathered with neighbors from the Belle Haven community in Alexandria, Va., on Saturday, October 5, 2011, to celebrate the completion of improvements at Fort Willard Historic Site, located at 6625 Fort Willard Circle.

The 1.6-acre park was a Civil War fort constructed in 1862 as part of the Union Army’s defense of Washington, D.C. During the Civil War, the U.S. Army constructed a series of forts and artillery batteries around Washington to protect it from Confederate attack. These fortifications constituted the extreme southern defense line of the city.  

The site has been renovated to reflect the dual uses of the park as a neighborhood park and a historic resource park.  The new amenities include benches, trails, landscaping, a plaza with interpretative signage and a reproduction cannon added as a result of contributions and efforts by The Olmi Family, Belle Haven Citizens Association, the Fairfax County Park Foundation, and the Fairfax County Park Authority.