This beautiful campus, which houses two forts (Battery Weed & Tompkins), offers unrivaled panoramic views of the Manhattan Skyline and Verrazano Bridge. Named in honor of Brigadier General James Wadsworth, who was killed in the “Battle of the Wilderness” during the Civil War, it is located along high ground off the coast of Staten Island next to the stately Verrazano Bridge. Over looking the New York Harbor it was initially used as a blockhouse or a defensive strong point against any enemy in 1663. It was a crucial in deterrent in the harbor against the British during the revolutionary war. Closed in 1994 it was the longest active military site in the United States. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds of this magnificent time capsule. The National Parks Service who conducts informative tours led by park rangers is currently running the former military base.
People typically spend one hour here.
|START TIME||Please arrive by 7:45 AM.|
|END TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|