Sightseeing on Liberty Island
The Liberty Island is the home of The Statue of Liberty.
The island has a land area of 59,558 square meters or 14,717 acres which is property of the federal government. This island is located completely within the boundaries of Jersey City, New Jersey but it built portions and docks fall under the jurisdiction of the City of New York.
This island is only accessable by ferry. Liberty Island is not part of the Ellis Island they are about one mile apart from each other. This island has a very colorful past its owners ranging from British to French to American individuals.
Liberty Island has been owned by the federal government since 1800, first military installation and now as a national landmark. This island was once surrounded by vast shellfish beds.
Liberty Island is formerly called Bedloe's Island. The name Liberty Island has been use since the early of 1900's and the name was not officially changed until 1956. This island is the home to Fort Wood, a multi-pointed star shaped battery made of granite because of this its nickname was Star Fort. The Fort was named Fort Wood after Lt. Col Eleazar Derby Wood who was killed in the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. It later became the part of the base for the Statue of Liberty.
The Liberty Island is one of the several islands in New York Harbor near at the mouth of the Hudson River. This island offers panoramic views of New York Harbor.
This island is operated by the National Park Service and since September 11, 2001 it is guarded by around the clock patrols of the United States Park Office Marine Patrol Unit.
The name of Liberty has been used since the early of 20th century but the island was renamed in 1956. Before the construction of the Statue of Liberty the island was defended by Fort wood.
This Island of Liberty offers a numerous activities that suited for every travelers needs.