Fort Stanwix in Rome, New York, Part 1

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!

Fort Stanwix Natl Monument

Hearing Declaration

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.

Reading Declaration

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.

Stanwix Bunkhouse

Quills and Ink

Guarding Entrance

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! 😉

Musket Drill 1

Musket Drill 2

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! 🙂

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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