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Fort Stanwix, Rome, NY: A Great Park!

Fort Stanwix in Rome recently celebrated it’s 75th anniversary as a state park and National Historic Site! This week is National Park Week, and Fort Stanwix has some special events at the park. This is from National Park Service:

“We are excited about this coming year and celebrating the 75th birthday of Fort Stanwix National Monument and National Park Week,” said Mike Kusch, Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management. “We earnestly wish to thank the people of Rome for their efforts and their patriotism to establish and keep an important National Park Service site within their community. We at Fort Stanwix National Monument are proud to serve the people of Rome and the people who visit the park from all over the United States and the world. Thank you very much.”

Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the park is free. Activities are ongoing unless noted. For more information about upcoming events please call the park at (315) 338-7730. Please visit the park’s web page at www.nps.gov/fost for additional information about the park and up-to-date news about park events.

We absolutely adore Fort Stanwix. We visit nearly every year. We think it’s one of the greatest parks and historic sites we have ever visited, and everyone who works there is incredibly friendly, cheerful, and knowledgeable. Here are some photos of one of our visits.

We're Here

For a more detailed history of the fort, see this earlier post I’d written about the fort and the Visitors Center.

This visit was relaxing and exploratory. It began with a lovely walk around the park, from the Marinus Willet Visitor Center and all around to the entrance of the fort.

Marinus Willet Visitors Center

Entre

Entering the Fort

On the walkways, there are large, informative plaques.

Walking Plaque

I let the kids wander wherever they desired. We are quite familiar with the grounds. Here’s an aerial view of the fort. Forts were built this way in New York State. Some forts date back to the French and Indian War, before 1754!

aerial

I love the skyline from the top of the fort’s embankments.

Stanwix Skyline

Chimneys

The boys like the bombproof– a place under the berms where stores and ammunitions are kept. It also served as a hospital during times of siege.

The Dark Bombproof

The girls and I like learning about life back then. Therefore, the quarters and bunk rooms interested us.

In the Bunkroom

Cozy Captains Quarters

All around the fort, the rooms in the long wooden dwellings are open for exploration. They are filled with genuine and replica articles that were common for this time period and for military barracks during the Revolutionary War.

Main Square

In the Alley

There is always something neat to play with at the fort.

Giddyap

At the fort, we got to sit in the theatre this time, to watch a movie. The park service has, in the past several years, produced some excellent films about the fort. We’ve seen ones on the Battle of Oriskany and another about the Oneidas’ contribution to the war. Today was another great film about life at the fort during times when fighting ceased. It portrayed a soldiers’ experiences at the fort during times of monotony between battles. We recognized many of the actors in the movie– employees of the fort who have been so informative and friendly during our visits.

We also enjoyed a instructive presentation about popular music during the fort’s heyday. The instructor was a very talented fife player and made the presentation fun!

The Fife Demonstration

Out the Gate

Although our visit was briefer than other visits, we still loved seeing Fort Stanwix again! And no doubt, we will see it again this summer! Since they keep adding new things, I’m sure it will not fail to interest us. Hopefully, we can make it to a re-enactment this year!

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. sharkbytes says:

    I’ve been there several times! It’s one of the 3 NPS sites that are actually on the North Country Trail.

  2. Lynne says:

    I love exploring these placea, they truly are filled with so much history.

    • Sharkbytes– I love it, what a great park! It’s cool to know that another blogger friend has been there, too. 🙂

      Lynne– thanks! It is the best park we’ve been to. Texas also seems to have some really great parks, too.