This building, which defended New York before there was even a United States and during the War of 1812, sits in the middle of Battery Park.
It’s located right across the way from where tourists pick up the boat to go see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty .
Many people know Castle Clinton as the place where one picks up and buys their ticket for the ferry.
But what many people don’t know that it was eventually named for New York governor , De Witt Clinton, and it protected New York City harbor from British invasion during the War of 1812.
After the war and before there was even an Ellis Island Immigration Center, this is where immigrants checked in when they came to New York City .
Right before you get to Castle Clinton, you’ll notice a statue simply titled “The Immigrants ”
It’s a tribute to those who risked and continue to risk their lives coming here for a better life.
As you enter the fort, no matter if it’s just to buy your tickets or just to kill time, take a look around you at this place .
It’s old and it really shows it.
I’ve visited other forts, such as Fort McHenry down in Baltimore and Fort Jay on Governor’s Island here in New York.
Neither of them are showing their age as much as Castle Clinton is.
There’s no wonder that this place is used mostly for buying tickets to see two if the country’s most important landmarks .
There are park rangers around as this is part of the United States National Park Service , but it’s sad to see the condition of a place that’s as much a part of New York history, as well as United States history .