Posted by Meg on Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
If you are looking for a summer escape and a history lesson you might want to consider taking a short boat ride out of Boston Harbor to George’s Island. On the island you will find Fort Warren, which is considered the most important Civil War site in New England. One hundred fifty years ago Fort Warren was used to train Union soldiers and at the same time was operated as a prison for Confederate military and political prisoners. The Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Hamilton Stephens was incarcerated at Fort Warren.
Another stop on the Harbor Island ferry is Spectacle Island. It has been fifty years since this island was used as the city dump and now it is a stellar example of an environmental sustainability project. As part of Boston’s “Big Dig”, soil excavated from the city was deposited on Spectacle Island. Plant species were carefully selected for tolerance to wind, salt and drought. Considerations were made for animal habitats and the visitor center was designed to be environmentally friendly.
Christopher Klein’s Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands is well worth reading in anticipation of a visit to the islands. The main library and the East Branch own a copy this title. For the most current information try: http://www.BostonIslands.com