• Visitors tour Castle Williams.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York


Fort Jay: Special Orders for Prisoner Guards, August 1959

After World War II, most of the soldiers at Fort Jay were military police who directed traffic, kept order on the island and guarded prisoners at Castle Williams under these orders.

NPS Museum collection GOIS-0117.

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American People so that all may experience our heritage. To do that we have laws and policies that point the direction, plans to do the specific things and friends and partners that share a common vision about those special places.

Our Partners - Here are a listing of groups and organizations that share an interest in Governors Island National Monument

Laws & Policies - Presidental proclaimations establishing Governors Island National Monument in 2001 and 2003 are located here. Also find our park compendium of monument-specific rules and regulations on public use and activities.

Park Planning - Our long range plan, a general management plan approved in 2007, can be found here.

Special Use Permits - Information and application forms for using Governors Island National Monument for commercial filming, artistic exhibits and installations or special events.

Did You Know?

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Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), from Maine, graduated from West Point in 1856. During the Civil War, he fought at Manassas; Fair Oaks – where he lost his right arm; Antietam; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Chattanooga; Atlanta; and participated in the march across Georgia. In 1865 he headed the Freedmans’ Bureau, which resettled and enforced the rights of newly freed African-American slaves in the South. His interest in their education led him to establish Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. From 1886 to the end of his Army career, he commanded the U.S. Army in the Eastern United States from Governors Island.