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Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island

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Fort Wadsworth is a former United States military installation on Staten Island in New York City, situated on The Narrows which divide New York Bay into Upper and Lower halves, a natural point for defense of the Upper Bay and Manhattan beyond. Prior to closing in 1994 it claimed to be the longest continually garrisoned military installation in the United States. Divided into several smaller units, including Fort Tompkins and Fort Richmond, its present name was adopted in 1865 to honor Brigadier General James Wadsworth, who had been killed in the Battle of the Wilderness during the Civil War. Fort Wadsworth is now part of the Staten Island Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, maintained by the National Park Service.
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  • This has a lot of things to do on a low budget. The overlook and the park museum is free and gives you a tour of the Forts, along with the displays they have.  more »
  • Historic fort guarding the Verrazano Narrows into New York Harbor. Now run by the NPS, tours and special events are offered, including lantern tours. Below the Fort is a beautiful beach with views to ...  more »
  • I love this place. Imagine what it was like during the revolutionary war as the port was protected against the Brits or Yanks? Check local history! Nice grounds and a bit of history. The goats were m....  more »
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  • The Fort Wadsworth unit has beautiful views of the Narrows, Upper and Lower New York Bays, lovely grounds and interesting historic forts! But the visitor center is lacking! It looks like it was created on a shoestring budget, lacks color, interactive exhibits, and there are no authentic artifacts from his history on display, especially for the Revolutionary War period. No book shop, either!
  • Fort Wadsworth Light built in 1903 lighthouse atop the Battery on Staten Island in New York Harbor. The light illuminates the Narrows, the entrance to the harbor. It is located under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
  • The lighthouse is not too prominent and a bit difficult to spot as it is dwarfed by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Battery Weed fortress that anchors it. It was not accessible when we visited and all we can do is find the closest view possible and take pictures.
  • Great place for walk, run or bike ride
  • One of America's oldest & most historic fortifications.

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