Central Park Blockhouse

Harlem, Manhattan

Exterior stairway to Blockhouse doorway in North Woods; View of sunlit weeds through doorway to interior of Blockhouse in North Woods; View of the Blockhouse and flagpole with American and POW flags suspended in the breeze and surrounded by foliage.
Credit: Central Park Conservancy

Sat, October 16th, 2021

10:00am — 4:00pm

Join Central Park Conservancy Guides for a rare look inside Central Park’s oldest surviving structure – the Blockhouse. Located on a prominent rock outcrop in the North Woods, the Blockhouse was part of a fortification system built to defend New York from the British during the War of 1812. For Open House New York Weekend only, visitors will find the Blockhouse unlocked and open for exploration. Guides will be on hand to answer questions, provide historical context, and share photos during this rare opportunity to enter the only structure located in Central Park that actually predates it!

Access to the Blockhouse is by a series of uneven paths, a few inclines and 9 steps.

The health and safety of our community is paramount. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID and a mask is required for ALL in-person experiences. See guidelines:

The Blockhouse is one of Central Park’s best kept secrets. Hidden in the depths of the North Woods, the Blockhouse is a two hundred year old fort that predates the Park! Usually under lock and key, families are invited to step inside the Blockhouse during this rare opening and imagine what it must have been like for American soldiers tasked with defending New York during the War of 1812 against the British. And that’s not all … getting to the Blockhouse is half the fun! Families are encouraged to “get lost” in the beautiful North Woods, home to some of Central Park’s most enchanting features and a host of wildlife.

Central Park
West 109 Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
New York, NY 10026

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