Ghost Town - 1

Starting the Tour

The Church - 1890

The Dynamo Room - 1912

This tiny island, only a mile long and one third of a mile wide at its widest point, has had a grim history. 

For the past hundred and fifty years, it has been host to many of society's unwanted and undesirables: civil war prisoners, juvenile delinquents, prison inmates, the indigent, the insane and the disenfranchised dead.

Once home to many hundreds, Hart is now the site of a ghost town.  Numerous building, once part of a vital community, sit derelict and empty.

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Text, images and page design by NYCHS June 15, 2000 tour participant Michael Harling,
author of Origin of the NYS Bureau of Identification.