Georges Island is one of the islands in the Boston Harbor, situated just over 7 miles from downtown Boston. The island has a permanent size of 39 acres , plus an intertidal zone of a further 14 acres , and rises to a height of 50 feet above sea level. Historic Fort Warren is on the island. Because of this, and since a ferry operates from Boston to the island, it is a popular destination and one of the easiest islands to access in the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. George's Iand is also home to the only Confederate memorial in Massachusetts, remembering 13 Confederate soldiers who died while imprisioned.
At the time of Euro-American colonization, Georges Island was composed of two drumlins, rising out of the bay like other nearby islands. The island was used for agriculture for 200 years until 1825 when the U.S. Government acquired it for coastal defense.
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