Both serene and historic, Peddocks Island is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to Fort Andrews.
Some park access has changed due to current health regulations around COVID-19.
All camping and reservations for DCR properties have been suspended until further notice.
Deer Island park areas are temporarily closed to public access.
Worlds End is now open by advance reservation only.
Webb Memorial parking lot is closed until further notice.
Thompson Island is closed to the public until further notice.
Most DCR park areas remain open for passive recreation. Click here to learn more about how to safely enjoy time outside.
One of the largest islands, Peddocks Island is both beautiful, rich in history and off the beaten path. The island once was home to Native Americans, militiamen, prisoners of war, and farmers. Today some private residents still call the island home. Historic structures, such as Fort Andrews, built at the start of the 1900’s, along with the restored WWII-era Chapel, reside at this location. Peddocks Island is also rich in biodiversity and is home to wildlife such as deer and turkeys, making it a fun location to explore. Come enjoy a day of hiking, bird watching, or simply settle into one of multiple campsites.
Built in 1900, Fort Andrews is an example of a coastal fort from the Endicott Period.
What once served as an active Coast Artillery Post, Fort Andrews now is a quiet reminder of things past. The fort was a sub-post of Fort Strong on Long Island and was operated by hundreds of soldiers controlling the southern approaches to Boston and Quincy Bay. It once held 30 structures in the 1920s to house its many military residents and had one of the Army’s earliest radio transmitting stations. The WWII fort also held Italian prisoners of war who were later put to work as paid Italian Service Units. In 1946 Fort Andrews was decommissioned and was purchased with Peddocks Island by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the 1970s.
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