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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  • October 4, 2017
    The site was very beautiful and interesting to be there, but it was not possible to enter the fortress. Anyway the view was amazing to the New York harbor and the bridgre to Brooklyn. Neighborhood is ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Weed Battery gives you an idea of what soldiering was like during the 1800's. It also shows the strategic importance of New York Harbour.  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    Take a walk, bike, and enjoy the view. Throw down a blanket and take in the view. Grounds are kept clean. I feel safe exploring the grounds and love to sit right under the VERRAZANO Bridge. Taught my ...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    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!
  • May 22, 2017
    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.
  • March 25, 2017
    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.
  • June 26, 2017
    Great place for walk, run or bike ride
  • March 27, 2017
    One of America's oldest & most historic fortifications.

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