• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York


Governors Island National Monument has two examples of early US fort design: Castle Williams and Fort Jay.

Did You Know?

German immigrant family

In 1860, nearly half of the enlisted men stationed on Governors Island had immigrated to New York from either Ireland or Germany. Women immigrants from these countries also took their first jobs "off the boat" as maids and servants in the officers' homes on the island.