Today my wife and I had to run an errand in Waldorf, Maryland, and on our way back to D.C., we decided to stop at Fort Washington National Park. The park surrounds a historic military fort that was originally built before the War of 1812. Fort Washington was designed to protect the nation’s capital from British forces traveling up the Potomac, but it didn’t quite work out as planned. English troops actually sacked it three days after they burned down the Capitol.
The current fort complex includes many of the original historic buildings, including a vibrant yellow house that once served as officers’ quarters. The house seemed to glow in the late-afternoon sun, and I couldn’t stop myself from snapping some shots of it while we were there.
Check out more high-res shots from the fort on my Flickr page.