It was originally named Castle William but the name changed during one of seven remodels. Where is this best place to shoot a cannon? The answer after the jump…
Fort Independence! There have been eight different forts on what we call “Castle Island” dating back to 1634. The building on site now dates back to 1833. The Castle Island Association has a great tour that on the weekends (11 am to 3 pm, from Memorial Day to Labor Day) that you should definitely take. If you are not originally from Massachusetts you can find out when your state signed the U.S. Constitution because the flags are in order around the fort. The Association can also tell you the real story about the first American flag.
I started the Harbor Walk recently out by the Daily Catch and William J. Moakley Courthouse and saw many great photos that showed Castle Island as a real island.
There are so many cool facts about Fort Independence. What I liked learning was that this same style of fort is built all the way down the East Coast. So, the last fort in the chain on Tortuga Island of the coast of Florida looks exactly the same (and remember these were built in the 1800s). I visited Tortuga Island on a vacation with my mom and brother after high school.
Here is a video from this weekend’s celebration of the USS Constitution! In the Boston Harbor right outside Castle Island, boatgoers and tugboats tooted their horns (is there a less weird way of saying that?) to give props to the 215 year old vessel. It’s pretty neat that I could walk from my house to Castle Island to see this!
Can you tell this is one of my favorite places in Southie?