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?
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.