Island Adventures and a Big Birthday

For the entire year of 2016 NPS has been celebrating its centennial and preparing for its future. Yesterday was the anniversary of the signing of the Organic Act in 1916, the legislation that enabled the formation of our system of national parks. NPS units and offices all over the country have scheduled special events to celebrate this important milestone with the public. As part of the celebration, the National Parks of Boston are hosting four days of programming to encourage people in the Boston area to find their park.

Julian and I took a ferry filled with other park goers out to Georges Island to learn more about Fort Warren and to experience it as a stabilized ruin. Fort Warren was constructed between the years of 1833 and 1861. During the Civil War it served as a prison for Confederate officers. The fort continued to defend the Boston Harbor until it was decommissioned in 1947. Today, it attracts a large variety of visitors including Civil War enthusiasts and ghost hunters (the Lady in Black is said to haunt the grounds of the 28 acre island). It’s also a really great place to enjoy a view of the water and a picnic.

In other news, the Green Ambassadors wrapped up their work on Thompson Island this week. You may remember that earlier this summer, Jenna and I made a trip out to the island to talk to the students about the design process and landscape architecture. The students built benches, planters, and even a “rain maker” with the help of carpenter Lee Ford. I look forward to taking a trip out Thompson Island soon to see these additions in person.

Until next week,


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