The Fort Landscape Programs


In honor of the 200th anniversary of the construction of the War of 1812 fortifications, Central Park Conservancy is focusing attention on a critical but largely unknown part of Central Park: The Fort Landscape. Located just off of 106th Street, south of the Harlem Meer, this area was the site of three forts built by the Americans in August of 1814 to defend against the British.

Gain a glimpse of the pre-Park history of this area and learn about recent Conservancy work in this landscape with these upcoming Conservancy programs.

Illustrated Lecture | Before Central Park: Uncovering the Fort Landscape
Hour: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Date: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

Central Park's northern landscapes, less altered by the design and construction of the Park, offer one of the few remaining windows into the pre-urban landscape of New York City. The area known as the Fort Landscape includes rocky overlooks that were the sites of fortifications built during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Join us in marking the 200th anniversary of the construction of the War of 1812 fortifications (built in August 1814) with a presentation on the Fort Landscape that integrates recent archaeological discoveries and new findings about its history.

Presenters include: Richard W. Hunter, Ph.D., President and Principal Archaeologist at Hunter Associates; Steven H. Jaffe, Curator and War of 1812 expert at the Museum of the City of New York; and Sara Cedar Miller, Official Historian and Photographer for Central Park Conservancy.

Reception on the Museum Terrace to follow. This program is a partnership between Central Park Conservancy and the Museum of the City of New York.Tickets $25 (MCNY and CPC Members $15), click here to purchase tickets.

Tour | Before Central Park: Uncovering the Fort Landscape
Hour: Friday, September 19, 2014
Date: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets, in front of Vanderbilt Gate

Join Central Park Conservancy Director of Preservation Planning, Marie Warsh, Director of Preservation Planning for this tour of the Fort Landscape, the site of fortifications during the War of 1812. Learn about the area's pre-Park history and recent archeological discoveries. Route involves a few stairs and steep inclines. 90 minutes. Tickets $35 (Members $20), click here to purchase tickets.

Illustrated Talk | Central Park’s Sunken Treasure
Hour: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

In celebration of the reinstallation of Central Park's cannons at Fort Clinton, Central Park Conservancy historian, Sara Cedar Miller, and conservator, John Harrigan, will present an illustrated talk about the history of these artifacts, the challenges of their conservation, and the fascinating story of how these British Revolutionary War-era cannons found their home in Central Park. Reception to follow. Free, RSVP requested.

Northern Forts Tour
Date: Fall 2014
         September 28: 12:00 pm
         October 9: 12:00 pm
         October 28: 12:00 pm
         November 9: 2:00 pm
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues

History buffs will love this tour of key sites in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 and learning about the rich pre-Park history of the Harlem Meer and its surrounds. Route involves many hills and stairs. 75 minutes. Tickets $15 (Members $10).