Fort Lincoln (Washington, D.C.)

Fort Lincoln is a neighborhood located in northeastern Washington, D.C. It is bounded by Bladensburg Road to the northwest, Eastern Avenue to the northeast, New York Avenue NE to the south, and South Dakota Avenue NE to the southwest. The town of Colmar Manor, Maryland, is across Eastern Avenue from the Fort Lincoln neighborhood, as is the Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Fort Lincoln
Fort Lincoln within the District of Columbia
Fort Lincoln within the District of Columbia
CountryUnited States
DistrictWashington, D.C.
WardWard 5
 • CouncilmemberKenyan McDuffie
 • Total0.47 sq mi (1.2 km2)

The name Fort Lincoln was originally used for a Civil War Fort in adjacent Prince George's County, Maryland, across the D.C. line from the Washington neighborhood bearing its name.


Fort Lincoln neighborhood on Hansberry Ct. NE in February 2019

This northeast Washington neighborhood is home to the Fort Lincoln "New Town" development constructed in the 1960s and 1970s.[1] This neighborhood is currently the home of Cathy Lanier, former Chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police.[2] In 2011 another 42 acres of the wetland forest park was sold to make a shopping center.[3][4]

War of 1812 battlefield siteEdit

Battle of Bladensburg historical marker inside the entrance Of Fort Lincoln Cemetery detailing the War of 1812 exploits of the last stand in the American defense against the ensuing British advance by the artillery barrage of Commodore Joshua Barney and his Chesapeake Bay Flotilla of sailors and attached marines before being overwhelmed.


  1. ^ Ellen Hoffman (26 September 1969). "New Towners The Voiceless Marylanders, Columbia Citizens Seeking More Say". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Hope Stirs In Fort Lincoln Growth, New Neighbor Inspire Pocket of D.C. to Believe in Change," By Clarence Williams, The Washington Post, Apr 30, 2007, p. B01.
  3. ^ Kelly (December 13, 2011). "Shops at Dakota Crossing and Costco to Start Now, Open Next Year". DCmud. DCRE, INC. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Fort Lincoln Wetlands". Anacostia Riverkeeper. Waterkeeper Alliance. 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2011.

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