History of Fort Warren (Massachusetts)

“The Most Important Civil War Site In New England”

Fort Warren, located on Georges Island in Boston Harbor, is a former Civil War prison and was a harbor defense fort for many generations. Today the Fort is maintained by the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) and is the cornerstone of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. The fort is situated on a 45-acre island at the entrance to Boston Harbor where it is in a prominent position to guard what used to be the main shipping channel.

Famed Historian Edward Rowe Snow told many tales about Fort Warren and some of his stories are featured on this Web site. Mr. Snow was one of the leaders in preserving this fort for generations to come.

Built in 1852, Fort Warren belonged to the federal government until 1958, when the state obtained possession.

Many years of neglect have taken its toll on the fort. Some portions of the fort have been restored, yet others are still off-limits to tourists.

Boston Harbor Cruises offers boat shuttles which run regularly in the summer to Fort Warren.

Photo taken 12/29/99 by Ryan Vines

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