• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Betty Baird Nickerson

Betty Nickerson and friends sit on a cannon atop Fort Jay with NYC in the background.
Betty Baird Nickerson sitting with friends on a cannon on top of Fort Jay
Photo donated by Betty Nickerson
 

Betty Baird Nickerson lived on Governors Island from the age of ten until she was sixteen. Her father, Col. George H. Baird was a cavalry officer, who served on the generals’ staff, and was one of a line of successful soldiers in his family. She fondly remembers life on Governors Island being accommodating to her, and other children.

Click here to listen to her story.

Did You Know?

sherman

West Point graduates William Sherman and William P. Jones started their military careers on Governors Island in 1840. Sherman would fight and survive the Seminole, Mexican and Civil Wars. Jones was posted to Fort McHenry in Baltimore killed when thrown from a horse in 1841. Sherman died in 1891.