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Fort Knox, Bucksport, Maine

Fort Knox - Maine

Fort Washington, Potomac River, Maryland

Fort Washington

Fort Clinch, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort Clinch

Fort Delaware, Delaware River, Delaware

Fort Delaware

Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland

Fort McHenry

Visit: Park Photo Notes - Photographing Fort Pulaski

Savannah River, Savannah, Georgia

The Forts of Savannah

Key West, Florida, Fort Zachary Taylor

Fort Zachary Taylor - Key West, Florida

Tampa Bay, Forts Desoto and Dade

Fort DeSoto

East Martello - Key West

Fort Dade

The largest and most unique masonry structures built by the Federal Government in the 1800s were the massive Coastal Forts, Fortresses and Fortifications. Constructed  of brick and stone until after the Civil War, and later into nearly the mid 1900s of reinforced concrete, these military installations protected our coast and major harbors. They often provide spectacular views of our waterways and coastal cities. Luckily as these installations became obsolete, many were turned into parks allowing us all to share their unique and often spectacular architecture, access to beautiful coastal settings and our historical heritage.

Lighthouse, Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas, Florida

Fort Jefferson - Dry Tortugas - Florida

Charleston, South Carolina, Harbor Entrance

Charleston Harbor

New York Harbor, Fort Wadsworth

New York Harbor

Fort Wadsworth

Ft Hancock - Sandy Hook

Coastal Forts, Fortresses and Fortifications

by John Van Horn

Charleston Harbor
Fort Jefferson
New York Harbor
Fort Wadsworth
Ft Hancock - Sandy Hook
Fort Zachary Taylor - Key West, Florida
East Martello - Key West
The Forts of Savannah
Fort DeSoto
Fort Dade
Fort Knox - Maine
Fort Washington
Fort Clinch
Fort Delaware
Fort McHenry

Coastal Fortress Photographs