It is a prominent landmark in New York Harbor with fort’s 200-year history.
Castle Williams is a circular fortification of red sandstone on the northwest point of Governors Island, part of a system of forts designed and constructed in the early 19th century to protect New York City from naval attack.
It was the centerpiece of the system of fortifications designed to guard New York City just prior to the War of 1812, has long been off-limits to the public.
When visit you can share more detailed information about history of the Castle Williams with friendly staff.
The castle most recent operation was as a prison of some sort until 1965, when the aging structure was finally decommissioned.
Today Castle Williams is restored and protected as a historical landmark on Governors Island.
During the summer months, the castle can be toured with the help of a guide who will walk visitors through the many lives of the historic fort.