"Fort Independence" Castle Island Tip by Ewingjr98

Castle Island, Boston: 2 reviews and 7 photos


I first got the idea to visit Fort Independence after several trips in and out of Boston Airport which often fly right over the fortress. This got me interested in the history of the area and eventually I drove out to take a look.

Originally an island known as castle island, over the years the water was filled in and built up so that Castle Island is an island no more. The first fortifications on this site were constructed by the British and named Fort William; after the American Revolution it was renamed Fort Independence. Modern Fort Independence was constructed on the same site from 1834 to 1851. Legend has it that Edgar Allen Poe served at Fort Independence and it was here he came up with the idea for the story, "The Cask of Amontillado."

Address: William J. Day Boulevard
Directions: The far eastern end of South Boston
Phone: (617) 727-5290
Website: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/castle.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2006
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