New Yorkers built a fortification here during the War of 1812, fearing a British attack from the north. The fort itself, named after local landowner Valentine Nutter, is marked with a low wall, pavings, and plantings, all built to emphasize the rugged rock outcrop and scenic views.
Nutter’s Battery was part of a fortification system that included two other forts, Fort Clinton and Fort Fish, which were connected by low earthen walls and linked to control of the road at McGowan’s Pass. A series of blockhouses completed the defensive line. Today, only the Blockhouse remains standing.
When the Park was built, Nutter’s Battery had no pathways for public access. That changed in 1945 when NYC Parks built paths and constructed a low stone wall to mark the spot where the fortification once stood. The Conservancy rebuilt Nutter's Battery in 2014, constructing a surrounding wall like that of the original fort, and adding new paving and plantings.
Things you can do here
Step into history and see how this area near the Harlem Meer played a key role during the American Revolution and War of 1812.
Roam through wooded hills and elegant gardens on an afternoon in Central Park’s north end.