Welcome to Fort Warren
This past weekend I hopped on a Boston Harbor Islands ferry, and landed on Georges Island. I was surprised to find how developed it has become since the last time I went, a couple of summers ago. Home to the Civil War-era Fort Warren, the island now offers a slew of amenities including new visitor center, clean bathrooms (!!!), and—somewhat to my alarm—a Summer Shack*.
The exhibit within the visitor center was a nice surprise though I was only able to spend the briefest amount of time looking around. It offered a media piece, and such low-tech treats as huge musket balls, a wall of boxes that could be opened to reveal artifact cases and further stories (ah, the simple pleasure of opening a door…), other artifact cases incorporated into trunks, and a table set for six (each plate was a meal that people of different rank, from officers to prisoners, would have eaten while at the fort).
*Pack a picnic!