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Exploring a Secret Fort

history walk

Exploring a Secret Fort

32 reviews
Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 12 people
Hosted in
English
history walk

Exploring a Secret Fort

history walk

Exploring a Secret Fort

32 reviews
Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
1 hour
Group size
Up to 12 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We're going to explore one of the true hidden wonders of Washington, D.C., a Civil War fort nestled deep in Rock Creek Park. In July, 1864, a Confederate Army attempted a surprise invasion of Washington, D.C., hoping to sow panic and drive Congress and President Lincoln from the Capitol. Confederate forces swept into the city, and fought a desperate battle among the northern defenses of Washington. President Lincoln rode over to the see the fighting, the only time in American history a president has been under enemy fire. Eventually Union forces repelled the attack, and Washington was saved. It’s considered one of the greatest what-ifs in American history: Had the Union lost the battle, most historians believe there would have been a negotiated settlement to the war, and a durable Confederate nation. We’re going to visit Fort DeRussy, one of the forts that drove back the Confederate attack, and learn the full story of how the Civil War came to Washington. Abandoned after the war and overgrown, Fort DeRussy was practically lost to history. Today, it’s virtually unknown: I grew up blocks away and didn't even know it was there. It's an astonishing, beautiful ruin in a peaceful forest grove.

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David

Hi, I'm David, the CEO of Atlas Obscura. A native Washingtonian, I've been leading Atlas Obscura tours of Fort DeRussy for the past four years. I've also given a sold-out presentation about D.C.’s Civil War history at Nerd Nite. I host the Slate Political Gabfest (Stephen Colbert's favorite podcast). I'm the former editor-in-chief of Slate and the author of two books, one a best-seller about the Bible, the other the true history of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank.

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This experience is offered directly by a member of the Atlas Obscura community and has been selected by Atlas Obscura.

Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura is a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods. Community members also host their own experiences, providing special access to the world’s hidden wonders, local marvels, and gastronomical wonders.

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Where you'll be

We'll walk down a forest trail in Rock Creek Park to Ft. DeRussy, an abandoned and overgrown Civil War fort.

This experience is available starting April 04, 2020

To protect the health and safety of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused through Friday, April 3rd due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 12 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

Please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly. Wear clothing that you don't mind getting a bit dirty and be sure to wear comfy shoes.

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Exploring a Secret Fort
32 reviews
From $44/person
32 reviews
From $44/person