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George's Island, Boston

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Georges Island is one of the islands in the Boston Harbor, situated just over 7mi from downtown Boston. The island has a permanent size of 39acre, plus an intertidal zone of a further 14acre, and rises to a height of 50ft above sea level. Historic Fort Warren is on the island. Because of this, and since a ferry operates from Boston to the island, it is a popular destination and one of the easiest islands to access in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.HistoryAt the time of Euro-American colonization, Georges Island was composed of two drumlins, rising out of the bay like other nearby islands. The island was used for agriculture for 200 years until 1825 when the U.S. Government acquired it for coastal defense.Over the next 20 years the island was dramatically altered, and one of the country's finest forts was built. Dedicated in 1847, Fort Warren's defensive design was virtually obsolete upon completion. However, the fort served as a training ground, patrol point, and Civil War prison that gained a favorable reputation for the humane treatment of its Confederate prisoners. After 100 years of military use, the fort was decommissioned in 1947 and acquired by the Metropolitan District Commission for historic preservation and recreation in 1958.
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  • September 18, 2017
    This was a typical visit to a local place that none of us had ever visited. Three of us in our 50s grew up in MA, plus my 20+ year old son, took the ferry from Hingham. We were overwhelmed by Fort War...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    George's Island was a fun spot for a picnic and some exploring. Heading over by ferry is easy and relaxing. There was a female staff member in the museum area when we first arrived that was the most f...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This little island is simply gorgeous. Almost its entire area is covered by old fortress, which is freely accessible for your own discovery or you can join free rangers guided tour. Plus it offers ama...  more »

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