Governors Island: Castle Williams

BY TARA BURKE

If you’ve been following us for awhile you’ll know Cailin and I love us some Governors Island. The island is filled with history, beautiful landscapes and architecture. We have been wanting to take our whole family there for awhile and finally got the chance this past weekend. When we go we usually bike around the island, but this time we went on the Castle Williams tour.

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The tour is 30 minutes long and takes you through three levels of the fort turned prison as well as the roof. Castle Williams was built in the early 19th century to protect the New York Harbor before the War of 1812. During the Civil War and into the early 20th century it served as a low security prison. It is really interesting to learn how the fort’s original purpose was reconstructed to fit each time period’s needs.

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We spent the rest of the day walking around the island and enjoying some perfect summer weather. Of course, we also spent some time relaxing at Hammock Grove before we headed back to Manhattan on the ferry.

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