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Fort George

 
 
Fort George Memorial Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
1. Fort George Memorial Tablet
This white Vermont marble tablet is located at the southeast corner of Battery Park in lower Manhattan.
Inscription.
To perpetuate
the site of the S.W. bastion of
Fort George
in 40° 42' 8" N. latitude
as observed by
Capt. John Montresor and David Rittenhouse
in October 1769

The Corporation of the City of New York
have erected
this monument
A.D. MDCCCXVII

 
Erected 1817 by Corporation of the City of New York.
 
Location. 40° 42.141′ N, 74° 0.866′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on State Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is near the southern entrance to Battery Park. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Ancient Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); New York Unearthed / The Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton (within shouting distance of this marker); Watson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Herman Melville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Petrus Stuyvesant’s Great House (about 400 feet away); East Coast Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Immigrants (about 600 feet away); The Sphere (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
Fort George Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
2. Fort George Marker
Fort George was a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island that served the Dutch, the British and finally the Americans from 1625 until after the Revolutionary War. Americans stationed at this fort exchanged cannon fire with the British during the 1776 Battle of Long Island. Battery Park was named for the guns that were positioned at this site.
Marker in Battery Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
3. Marker in Battery Park
The marker is visible on the grass in the middle of the photo.
Fort George Marker removal image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 26, 2015
4. Fort George Marker removal
Due to the renovation of Battery Park, Fort George marker was removed from this original location.
Fort George Marker new location image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 27, 2016
5. Fort George Marker new location
The marker is now completely above ground at a new location, close by the Bowling Green control house near the intersection of State Street and Battery Place.
Fort George Marker interpretive panel image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 16, 2016
6. Fort George Marker interpretive panel
As the carvings on the block are almost illegible, an interpretive panel has been added alongside.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 592 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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