Nutter’s Battery

Nutter's Battery is an overlook with sweeping views across the landscape and the Harlem Meer.

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.