Castle Clinton's 200th Anniversary Celebration
November 25, 2011 marked the 200th anniversary of the commissioning of Manhattan Island's Southwest Battery which was later renamed Castle Clinton National Monument. It originally served to defend New York Harbor during the War of 1812.
The National Park Service held a daylong celebration of this event that featured cannon firing, a flag raising, costumed reenactors, historical talks, and a Junior Ranger program for the children which included marching and musket drills, as well as a talk about how cannons work.
To read the press release, click here.
Did You Know?
Before Ellis Island went into service, Castle Clinton, then called Castle Garden, served as the country’s first immigration depot. Between 1855 and 1890 over 8 million immigrants were processed at Castle Garden.