Betty Baird 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.
Did You Know?
Most of the trees on Governors Island are fairly young. Large shrubbery was removed to provide a clear line of cannon fire to enemy ships that might have entered New York Harbor. The reintroduction of trees in the 1870s reflects the island’s transition from a fortification into a residential community.