Fort Smallwood

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Fort Smallwood (1896-1928) - An Endicott Period Coastal Fort named for Revolutionary War Maj. Gen. William Smallwood who later became governor of Maryland. Sold to City of Baltimore in 1928 for use as a city park.

Fort Smallwood Entrance Sign
Fort Smallwood Barracks Building


Established to protect the entrance to Baltimore Harbor.

Located on a 100 acre tract in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, purchased by the Federal Government in 1896. Battery construction began in 1899 and the first battery was completed in 1900. Usually garrisoned by detachment from Fort Howard (1).

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Baltimore.

Battery Hartshorne Panorama

A two battery Endicott Period coastal fort. Battery Hartshorne was armed with two 6" guns on disappearing carriages and Battery Sykes was armed with two 3" pedestal mounted guns.

Fort Smallwood Endicott Period Battery (edit list)
Click on Battery links below
No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Notes
Battery Hartshorne 2 6" Disappearing Carriage 1900-1927
Battery Sykes 2 3" Pedestal Mount 1905-1927 Destroyed
Source: CDSG
Fort Smallwood Plan 1921

Current Status

Purchased in 1928 for use as a Baltimore City Park. On April 1, 2006 Fort Smallwood Park became the newest regional park in the Anne Arundel County Park System. No period guns or carriages. Battery Sykes is completely gone replaced by a parking lot. Battery Hartshorne is sealed up with the battery building completely exposed with no access to the gun level. Several period buildings survive but are not open to the public including the barracks building (circa 1901).

Location: Rock Point, Maryland. At the Patapsco River entrance opposite Fort Howard (1).

Maps & Images

Lat: 39.16611 Long: -76.47806



Visited: 2 Apr 2009

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