Vintage Photographs of Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island

Fort Wadsworth is a former military base on Staten Island's East Shore. Situated perfectly to guard New York Harbor, the fort has operated as a military base from the American Revolution all the way up until 1995.

Over the past few centuries, several factions of the military have called it home, most recently, the US Navy from 1979 to its closing in 1995. Currently, the fort is a National Park and is operated by the National Park Service.

Here are some great vintage photographs of Fort Wadsworth, some even dating as far back as 1905. Enjoy!

Vintage Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
Vintage Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
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\"Post Headquarters at Fort Wadsworth.\" Photo circa 1910.
\"Post Headquarters at Fort Wadsworth.\" Photo circa 1910.
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Photograph of Alice Austen's leisurely tennis game at Fort Wadsworth. Austen is standing third from the left.
Photograph of Alice Austen's leisurely tennis game at Fort Wadsworth. Austen is standing third from the left.
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Spectators line up among the shore in Fort Wadsworth to get a better view of the first-day festivities of "Son of Op Sail." Civilian spectators were allowed into the fort to get a good vantage point for the show. Photo circa 1977.
Spectators line up among the shore in Fort Wadsworth to get a better view of the first-day festivities of "Son of Op Sail." Civilian spectators were allowed into the fort to get a good vantage point for the show. Photo circa 1977.
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Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
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Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
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"Sunday at the 'Camp,' Fort Wadsworth." Photo circa 1917.
"Sunday at the 'Camp,' Fort Wadsworth." Photo circa 1917.
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Postcard of Fort Wadsworth, photographed by Edmund V. Gillon
Postcard of Fort Wadsworth, photographed by Edmund V. Gillon
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Officer's Row and Main Gate, Fort Wadsworth. Photo circa 1905.
Officer's Row and Main Gate, Fort Wadsworth. Photo circa 1905.
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Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
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PS 34 at Fort Wadsworth. Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
PS 34 at Fort Wadsworth. Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
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Bridge ceremony with cannons firing at Fort Wadsworth. Photo circa 1964.
Bridge ceremony with cannons firing at Fort Wadsworth. Photo circa 1964.
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Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was held at Fort Wadsworth. Pictured left to right; Robert F. McAlevy Jr., S. Sloan Colt, Robert Moses, William J Tracy (behind Moses), Albert V Maniscalco, Robert F Wagner, and Robert B Meyner. Photo circa August 1959.
Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was held at Fort Wadsworth. Pictured left to right; Robert F. McAlevy Jr., S. Sloan Colt, Robert Moses, William J Tracy (behind Moses), Albert V Maniscalco, Robert F Wagner, and Robert B Meyner. Photo circa August 1959.
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157th U.S. Coast Artillery. Postcard of Fort Wadsworth circa 1902.
157th U.S. Coast Artillery. Postcard of Fort Wadsworth circa 1902.
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People playing a tennis match at Fort Wadsworth.
People playing a tennis match at Fort Wadsworth.
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Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
Postcard of Fort Wadsworth.
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