Things To Know Before You Come
Before you arrive, be sure to check the Trust for Governors Island's website for additional information.
Please note that NPS facilities on the island, including Fort Jay, Castle Williams, and our bookstore, are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Did You Know?
Henry “Hap” Arnold (1886-1950), a founding father of the modern U.S. Air Force, got the itch to fly while a second lieutenant in the infantry at Fort Jay in 1909, watching biplanes take off and land on Governors Island. His commanding officer told him that he knew of no better way to commit suicide. In 1911, he learned to fly with the Wright brothers and would go on to become the first five-star general of the Army Air Corps and the first and only five star general of the U.S. Air Force.