Before Ellis Island / by Dave Hileman

For generations people arrived in the US in various ports, some of my ancestors arrived via Germantown in Pennsylvania. One of those in NYC in use until Ellis Island was Castle Clinton. Built as a fort during the War of 1812, it was also a warehouse and an opera house but for 30 years immigrants were processed here, including Cindy’s Grandmother is the late 1880’s. While the outer structure has been restored to its 1812 appearance it is currently little more than a place to buy tickets to the Statue of Liberty. The history is an afterthought in one dim room. Sad that it would have National Park Status and be so neglected. This statue next to it was the best part of the visit.