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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 fortress that once guarded New York against external attacks. The buildings are off-limits to the public when we visited so all we could do was take pictures and read the information boards set u...  more »
  • Harbor defenses for New York Harbor. Got a special tour of the fort with a National Parks guide. It was well-worth visiting. The photo opportunities are endless as you get a view over the harbor to Ne...  more »
  • I have been on several tours at the Fort at various times and find them to be quite interesting. Both the Fort and adjacent Battery Weed are historical landmarks which were obsolete by the time new ar...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I love this place because my husband played here as a child sneaking through the base passed all the military police into the fort and hed have a field day with his best friends from the South Beach projects. Exploring history
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  • Lighthouse Fort Wadsworth at the mouth of the Hudson River flows to the Atlantic Ocean, at the foot of the bridge in Fort Wadsworth Light, New York
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