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Fort Reno Park: DC's Highest Elevation

Several times a week, I drive by this brick and sandstone fort sits on the highest elevation in Washington.  Dating back to 1861, Fort Reno was one of a circle of forts built around the city to defend Washington from the Confederate Army.  Whenever there is a big fireworks display scheduled downtown (like maybe for President Obama's second inaugural?) many residents of Tenleytown head for this hill instead of going downtown to fight the crowds.  And in the summertime, Fort Reno is a popular venue for local musicians to give free concerts.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsPatricia Kennedy • November 23 2012 09:26PM


Patricia - very cool picture, Love the tones, and the whole picture has so much character

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 8 years ago

Interesting.  Thank you for the bit of history.  I love our country's rich history.

Posted by April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers) almost 8 years ago

There used to be a reservoir up there!  My mother went to Alice Deal junior high school beside it.  That's where I would have gone had we not moved to Kensington from Chevy Chase.  We used to sled from the fence up there all the way down Fesseden Street to Nebraska Avenue!  It was a looooong and glorious ride!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I did not know about Fort Reno.  Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the colors of the season with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat, thanks for this tidbit of history. Always nice to know and I love history.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Pat,

Wonderful photo and history on Fort Reno Park - what a lovely tower!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 8 years ago

Could take some neat pictures on the top of that one!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 8 years ago

How very interesting and quite an unusual looking fort.  I would also head to this fort to watch not only fireworks but quite possibly the rest of DC instead of dealing with all those people.  Good post.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) almost 8 years ago

Pat, That looks like it came right out of the dark ages. I love it.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 8 years ago

Hey Pat,

This post/pic is very Cool. You have become part of the History Channel here on AR. :)

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Pat.  Just saying that is very interesting and so cool! 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) almost 8 years ago