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New Life on Constitution Island

Two ‘Sun Valley’ Red Maples and a dozen heirloom perennial flowers were planted on Constitution Island on the last day of the gardening season, October 27th. With the help of the West Point Department of Works, the volunteer gardeners of the Constitution Island Association put their hands and hearts to work to maintain the historical Anna B. Warner gardens and
give the island new life for coming generations.

The trees and flowers were purchased with a generous grant awarded by the Daughters of United States Army, a not-for-profit, philanthropic women’s organization, dedicated to serving the West Point community and sharing the ideals of Army values, while inspiring women, preserving Army heritage and encouraging patriotism.


It was a perfect fall day to take the ferry from West Point’s South Dock, over to Garrison and on to the island where Caretaker Roddy MacLeod directed the final landscape efforts of the season. With the oversight of the Constitution Island Association (CIA), the Warner house and gardens will open back up to the public next Spring. This Hudson Valley treasure has been open to visitors for more than 100 years by the CIA and West Point community keeping the legacy of the Warner sister authors, Susan and Anna, and the island’s significance in the Revolutionary War efforts alive and well through education programs and annual events.

New CIA board member Cynthia Thomas, who was a volunteer docent (tour guide) when her husband was stationed at West Point 1993-96 and who has retired to the Hudson Valley is interested in restoring the gardens and landscape that were setback from the ten-year house renovation project; including the 150 ft. walkway garden, a “period” herb garden, rose garden and native gardens. If you would be interested in learning more about Constitution Island or getting involved in the garden program or preserving this slice of rich history, please contact the CIA at

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