July 03, 2006

Fort Jay Statue (Unknown Origin & History)

I'm on vacation for a week and a half so, along with the Hubby and a couple of friends I visited . There are free tours till Sept. 2nd.

Governors Island was the command headquarters and military post for the United States Army from 1794 until 1966. For the next 30 years, it was the U.S. Coast Guard’s largest and most complex installation. In 2003, the island was sold and transferred to two parties: 22 acres, designated as the Governors Island National Monument, to the Secretary of the Interior, and managed by the National Park Service; and 150 acres to the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, a corporation formed jointly by the State and City of New York.

Today, city, state and federal agencies are in the planning stages of converting this former military installation into new public parkland and a spectacular destination in New York Harbor. At this time, Governors Island is open to the public on a seasonal basis. .

* = Our tour guide, Park Ranger John, explained that the statue is a replica of the old Department of War logo.

Posted by ronn at July 3, 2006 11:04 PM

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