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Fort Ethan Allen
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
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Location: Address Restricted, Arlington, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°55′25″N 77°7′26″W / 38.92361°N 77.12389°W / 38.92361; -77.12389Coordinates: 38°55′25″N 77°7′26″W / 38.92361°N 77.12389°W / 38.92361; -77.12389
Area: 9.8 acres (4.0 ha)
Built/Founded: 1861
Architect: Barnard, Gen. John Gross
Governing body: Local
Added to NRHP: February 11, 2004
NRHP Reference#: 04000052[1]

Fort Ethan Allen was an earthwork fortification built on the property of Gilbert Vanderwerken in Alexandria County, Virginia, (now Arlington, Virginia) by the Union Army in 1861 as part of the defense of Washington during the American Civil War. The remains of the fort, a portion of the earthen walls, now overgrown, are now part of Fort Ethan Allen Park. The historic fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a designated as an Historic District by Arlington County, and is included as a site in the Virginia Civil War Trails program.

There was no military action at Fort Ethan Allen throughout the Civil War; the only attack on Washington-area forts was at Fort Stevens, north of the city, in 1864. Perhaps the most memorable wartime occurrence at Fort Ethan Allen was a visit by President Abraham Lincoln, one of the few visits to a Washington fort he ever made.

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  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.