We visited our second National Monument last week – Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan. The big cross country trip happened since Sean had a work trip in New York City and the girls and I tagged along. It was perfect – we were able to see both of our families and I even got to surprise one of my best friends for her baby shower. Before we left NYC en route to Rhode Island though, we made sure to head downtown to Battery Park to see the Castle Clinton National Monument.
Did you know Castle Clinton was the site for immigration processing until 1890 when it was moved to Ellis Island? Neither did I! It was originally built as a fort for the War of 1812, then used as a place of public entertainment, then the immigration depot, then an aquarium (!), became a national monument in 1946, and now serves as the departure point for tours to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Phew! For a place so rich in history, it can easily get overshadowed by it’s more popular neighbors. But this is what also makes this National Monument a great destination – so much to see and learn in a matter of blocks!