The other unique design feature is that the wings are set at an angle to the main part of the house.
I've never seen this kind of brick walls with wood timbers before- its almost like a European Half-Timber house frame except this is the inside wall.
I thought this was some of the worst looking period fabrics I've ever seen, but the park ranger assured me it was period correct. It's still hideous.
They do have a number of family pieces including these trunks that Thomas Stone used when he went to Phila. in 1776 and
his desk & clock.
Up the road about a 1/2 hour is Piscataway Park, the National Colonial Farm
It's a joint venture between the NPS and a private foundation. They have these period buildings and gardens and a few animals and I assume they have docents and programs but
The fort was planned as the main fort guarding Wash. DC along the Potomac River. The Amer. Army destroyed the fort to prevent its capture 2 days after the British burned Wash. DC during the War of 1812
The Sally Port originally had a drawbridge
and the large pulleys and gates are still in place.
The fort was used up until WWI for training and experimenting with new artillery.
The storm was about a mile up the river and the wind was starting to gust so I hurried to see as much as I could.
The water battery and lighthouse were about 100' below the bluff the fort was built upon.
There were 2 barracks buildings left inside the fort, other buildings outside the fort used in other wars have been removed for park space.