Fort Harrison is a historical site in Richmond, Virginia that was once used by the Confederate Army to defend Richmond during the Civil War. Today, the site is part of Richmond National Battlefield Park and is open to the public for self-guided tours. If you're interested in local history, the Civil War, or simply enjoy walking through the countryside, it's worth a brief visit.
Things to Do
- Go on a self-guided tour of Fort Harrison! As you explore the site you can see earthworks which protected those defending the city of Richmond and a well dug by the Confederates.
- Explore the other sites that make up Richmond National Battlefield Park, including Chimborazo Park, which features a miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty.
- Visit the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works, which features exhibits related to the Civil War in Richmond and provides Junior Ranger programs for children.
Fort Harrison Insider Tips
- Stop inside of the Fort Harrison Visitor Center when you arrive in order to pick up a map of the historic site.
- View the National Park's calendar to learn about upcoming events such as children's book clubs, festivals, and special tours at Fort Harrison and other sites.
- Go for a family hike at one of the many park sites - the longest trails are located at the Cold Harbor, Gaines' Mill, and Malvern Hill battlefields.