Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

Visit one of the Union forts that were built to protect Washington, D.C. from damage during the Civil War. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site features a variety of exhibits on Civil War history, educational programs, and living history activities. Permanent exhibits at the museum include objects such as muskets, protective vests, equipment used by artillerymen, medical tools used by the Civil War nurses, and more. On a tour of the fort, groups will see several preserved bastions, and the Northwest Bastion’s guns. Living history activities allow groups to understand what daily life was like for a Union soldier in the Civil War. 
 
Contact Info 
Address: 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22304. City of Alexandria. Tel: 703-746-4848. Email: fort.ward@alexandriava.gov. Website: www.alexandriava.gov/FortWard. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12PM-5PM.  
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue