Though the original structure no longer stands, Nutter’s Battery is one of three visible fortifications dating back to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The circular stone wall indicates the location where the edifice once stood. Though the original walls of the battery are no longer visible, the site has been restored to show visitors where it once stood.
These fortifications are one of my favorite parts of the park to visit. Not only are there fewer people in the northern end of the park making it a little easier to breathe, but it’s an important part of the history of the city. Over time, most of the old parts of the city have faded away to be replaced by the modern concrete, steel, and glass labyrinth of a metropolis, though these few remaining locations are a wonderful glimpse into the story of how important New York City was in the fight for American independence.
The location was renovated again in 2014 to feature the large rocky outcrop that drew the Americans to build the lookout position here so long ago.