Fort Tompkins

Fort Tompkins (HMEA4)

Location: Wellsburg, NY 10305 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.286', W 74° 3.322'

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Two forts, both named Fort Tompkins, have occupied this hill. In 1814 the state of New York started the first Fort Tompkins - a pentagon-shaped stone structure with round bastions at each of the five angles. Never fully completed, the first fort lay deserted by the 1840s.

The U.S. Army built this second Fort Tompkins from 1859 to 1876 using granite, brick, and sandstone. Originally designed to protect Battery Weed below, the fort mounted only one large gun. Fort Tompkins' main role was housing soldiers. For almost a century, the parade ground behind these walls witnessed a daily routine of drills, reviews, and bugle calls.
HM NumberHMEA4
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 4:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 579918 N 4495312
Decimal Degrees40.60476667, -74.05536667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.286', W 74° 3.322'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 17.16" N, 74° 3' 19.32" W
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Area Code(s)718
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 131-137 Hudson Rd, Wellsburg NY 10305, US
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