We absolutely adore Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY. It’s one of the finest national parks, I think. The rangers and volunteers are really devoted to history, and are extremely knowledgeable as well as friendly!
We try to go to this fort every year. And this year, it was extra special: we went on July 4th, Independence Day, for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
I took a few videos of the reading (it was thrilling!!) but I have not pieced the clips together. I, uh, HOPE to have this done before NEXT July 4th rolls around…
After the reading, we wandered around the fort and it’s various displays. Inside rooms, re-enactors stood by the chat with us or tell us tales of life in the fort during the early colonial days of wild Upstate New York.
And there were also a few demonstrations. They frequently played the drums and fife, marched around the square, and mingled with us visitors. I tell you– this park is just amazing. The rangers have got the public relations down pat. This place is SO great!
Here are some of the kids, learning how to drill and use a musket. This may come in handy someday! 😉
I took loads of photos. I will be posting more photos and anecdotes in the posts to come. I’m also hoping my posts will be good publicity for the fort, and get even more attention. It’s just a TERRIFIC place! 🙂