Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton, previously known as Castle Garden, is a circular sandstone fort located in Battery Park, in Manhattan, New York City. Built from 1808 to 1811, it was the first American immigration station (predating Ellis Island), where more than 8 million people arrived in the United States from 1855 to 1890. Over its active life, it has also functioned as a beer garden, exhibition hall, theater, and public aquarium. Castle Clinton National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
Castle Clinton stands slightly west of where Fort Amsterdam was built in 1626, when New York City was known by the Dutch name New Amsterdam. Fort Amsterdam was demolished by 1790 after the American Revolutionary War. Proposals for a new fort were made after two separate war scares involving Britain and France in the 1790s, but neither plan was ultimately carried out. By 1805, there were growing tensions between Britain and the U.S., which would mark the run-up to the War of 1812. Late that year, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Williams of the United States Army Engineers began planning a series of fortifications in New York Harbor. Williams was part of a group of three commissioners who, in 1807, submitted a report that recommended the construction of fortifications in New York Harbor.
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Linda Miller | Apr 27, 2018
Interesting to see maps, pictures murals of how the area was built up, changed from island to mainland. History of American Revolution. NATIONAL PARK. Cannons. Terrific. Just next to lines for Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty tickets and ferries. Go inside, look around. Enjoy.
Corey Plunkett | May 5, 2018
Love the history of this place. Very impressed with the volunteers that know history of the facility. It is magical to know what could have happened here 100 years ago. Very well maintained. Thanks for sharing our world history with the public. Power continue to share with thekid of the future
Mike N | May 7, 2018
Great park, a nice Memorial to those who served and a reminder of the early US history. Lots if fum events going on around the park too, some distracting, most are fun though. It was cool seeing the cannons and how that point of land was so vital to defense.
Michael Coca | Apr 15, 2018
Never knew the history of the place, was interesting from that perspective. The park service is missing an opportunity to display the immigration history of New York it seems. I wasn't impressed by the exhibits. Should be a more expansive museum. Worth the visit though, and the view of New York harbor are beautiful.
Qique DeLuna | Apr 11, 2018
An old fortress structure along Battery Park in lower Manhattan, NYC. Historic structure that was used as a military fort of sorts.. Offering a beautiful view of the Hudson outlet towards the Atlantic, Ellis Isle, and the Statue of Liberty dress the Vista. Behind this gorgeous view is One World Trade Center.
Carolyn Petmecky | May 26, 2018
Beautiful- Battery Park is really nice. Lots of grass and lots of shade. Except for when you stand in line for the Statue of Liberty. It was so hot we had to buy an umbrella at the Ranger's Gift shop to provide shade cool down some. Long, long, long, long - did I say LONG lines. Security was really backed up!!
Abhijeet Gulhane | Jun 11, 2018
There is no proper arrangement for visitors. They have to stand in the queue for hours. No shade provided too... The playing area is good
Shanna Cifuentes | Aug 4, 2018
Shade is needed for areas where you stand in line to protect from the sun. Even just a canvas cover would help. When boarding to go to the statue and coming back from Ellis island is where its needed. The boat ride was fun. Views of the statue were awesome. Ellis island museum was very nice.
Sandeep Pinjerla | Aug 12, 2018
This place will be crowded with Statue of Liberty queues usually but otherwise cool place to check out. Place is free to check out unless visiting Liberty Statue. Several activities take place around the building. Building is old and very historic. It takes about an hour to visit the building.
Cheryl T | Jul 13, 2018
This is a historic sites overseen by the National Parks Department, but it is basically a staging area for Statue Cruises. There is a park ranger here that gives a guided tour, a small bookstore, and a few exhibits, but the site is dominated by lines for the ferry ticket booth. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this place. However, Battery Park is beautiful and besides the lovely waterfront and vistas, there are a number of monuments and each are impressive and well-designed. Castle Clinton is free so it adds to a nice day in the park, but on its own there is not much for a visit.
Chandrashekhar Tilak | Jun 21, 2018
A historic place near the Battery Park. Over here is an old fort with a red coloured stone wall fortification all around. The passes for the ferry boat to the Liberty Island are available at this place. Identity proof is a must while gaining the pass. A unique wristband is providing for the persons desirous to reach the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Particular attention is required to preserve this band.
Phillip Chapman | Jun 23, 2018
Second time here in the last two months. Beautiful park. Quiet enough right on the battery. Nothing to complain about. They have public bathrooms and a carousel. I guess it could get quite crowded. Obviously no swimming since the harbor is so crowded.
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