Fort Washington (6)
Fort Washington (6) (1775-1776) - A Revolutionary War fortification established in 1775 by the Continental Army under General George Washington in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Abandoned as a fortification when Washington left for the middle colonies in 1776.
Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
Established as a three gun, half moon shaped battery during the Patriot siege of British held Boston in November 1775 during the Revolutionary War. The fortification consisted of earthworks in a semicircle with three embrasures for cannon. Each section of the earthworks was fronted with a small moat. Part of a 10 mile chain of defenses erected between Charlestown and Cambridge.
The City of Cambridge established a park designed by architect John R. Hall and restored the fortification in 1857. Three 18 pounder cannons from Fort Winthrop (1) on Governor's Island were emplaced and remain there today. A unique cannon motif fence surrounds the park. Additional restoration work was done in 1900.
Part of Fort Washington City Park restored in 1857 and 1900. Has three non-period cannon from Fort Winthrop (1).
Visited: 26 May 2012
Fort Washington (6) Picture Gallery