Today's Gansevoort Street in New York City follows roughly an old
Indian trail along the Hudson River. Its original name was "Old Kill
Road", "Great Kill Road" and later "Great Kills Road", but these names
had nothing to do with murders or battles on that site. In fact, these
were corrupted forms of "kiln", since a large kiln was located
alongside the road.
Great Kills Road received its new name "Gansevoort Road" in 1837. It
was named after Fort Gansevoort at the foot of the street, a fortress
built between 1808 and 1812. The fort itself was named for Peter
Gansevoort (1749-1812), a New York General from the Revolutionary War.
Fort Gansevoort was demolished between 1849 and 1854, but the street
kept the name until today. By the way: "Gansevoort" is Dutch and
means, translated literally, "geese ford".
In case you would like to learn more about General Peter Gansevoort,
please follow this link to a short biography:
Peter Gansevoort (1749-1812), by Gregory F. Ketcham, 1998
Here, you can find out more about streets in New York's Greenwich
Village which have changed their names:
Forgotten NY: The Street Necrology of Greenwich Village, by Kevin
Please click here to find out in detail about the history of
Gansevoort Street and nearby Gansevoort Market:
Save Gansevoort Market: A Walking Tour, by the Greenwich Village
Society for Historic Preservation, 2001
http://www.savegansevoortmarket.org/Walking_Tour.pdf (Acrobat Reader
Visit this website to learn about the history of forts in New York,
among them Fort Gansevoort:
New York's Forts: E to L, by the New York State Division of Military
and Naval Affairs, Col. Michael J. Stenzel, 2001
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