Canceled Meetup

A Revolutionary Walk - Ft. Washington to Ft. Lee (over the GWB)

Price: $5.00 /per person
Location image of event venue



Because of the offshore storm that'll keep some rain lingering early Friday, I'm hedging my bets and rescheduling the hike a little later in the day. I'll bet it'll still be cloudy maybe with a few raindrops when we start the hike at 1:45, but it will get nicer as the afternoon goes on.

A history walk. Learn about New York City's role during the Revolution on Independence Day!

**Meeting spot - the South West corner of 185th St. and Fort Washington Ave.**

This will be about a 3 to 4 hour walk - LOTS to learn along the way.

For the past few years we were lucky enough to meet some re-enactors at Fort Lee Historic Park. The group actually helped to load and fire the twelve pounder cannon - a few years ago we actually helped load and fire the big 42-pounder - the one in the picture! I'm not sure if the re-enactors will be there this year, but bring your cameras just in case they are.

A Revolutionary walk in honor of Independence Day. We'll take a walk between the two forts which protected the Hudson and secured Manhattan Island and the Bronx from the British during the Summer and Autumn of 1776. Along the way you'll learn about the Revolutionary War battles that were fought in New York City and the events leading up to The Battle of Fort Washington and Ft. Lee. A round trip walk of about 5 miles from Fort Washington in Washington Heights, over the George Washington Bridge to Fort Lee Historic Park in New Jersey.

Bennett Park

The park is the site of not only the highest natural point on Manhattan, but also the site of Fort Washington, constructed in the summer/fall of 1776, and fell to British and Hessian forces on November 16, 1776. We'll take a look at the actual stone outline of the old fort that exists today in the park. Heading down Ft. Washington Ave, we'll walk over the GWB into Fort Lee Historic Park.

Fort Lee

Fort Lee Historic Park has a museum with a lot of Revolutionary War artifacts uncovered in the region and exhibits detailing events that happened in the area during the Revolution. In addition the Park has some examples of Revolutionary War era cannons (a copy of a British 32 pounder naval cannon, a 12 pounder field gun and a siege mortar) and fortifications. Bring lunch along and we'll stop for a short picnic in Fort Lee park before heading back over the bridge.

Coupled with Fort Washington on the eastern side, Fort Lee was the western defense of the Hudson, with cannon and Colonials watching the River. Fort Lee fell to British and Hessian forces on November 19, 1776. The walk itself is very easy - street walking, a flight or two of stairs if we take the north walkway of the GWB, the walk across the bridge and paved paths in Ft. Lee Park. Bring lunch, some bottled water and your bug spray of choice (mosquitos and possible ticks in Ft. Lee). Sunscreen and a hat if it's very sunny out.

In total the walk will be about 4 hours and we'll end the walk at the corner of 178th St. and Fort Washington Ave. Both the M4 bus and the A train are a block away.

We'll start at 1:45pm - which should get us back to the Heights early enough for everyone to head out to to enjoy the rest of Independence Day.

**Meeting spot - the South West corner of 185th St. and Fort Washington Ave.**

$5 fee to cover meetup costs.