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Fort Stanwix
National Monument

 

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Fort Stanwix, located in the heart of downtown Rome, NY has a rich history that dates back to the French & Indian War as well as the American Revolution. A section of the North Country National Scenic Trail travels along the paved path at the fort.  The NCT has a kiosk inside of the Visitor Center of Fort Stanwix.  This visitor center has rest rooms, water and park rangers that are anxious to educate you on the history of the fort.

Fort Stanwix was constructed by the British in 1758 to protect the ancient "Oneida Carry" from French attack during the French and Indian War.  The fort was named after a British commander, General John Stanwix.  The British abandoned the fort in 1774, allowing the Americans to occupy, repair and rename the fort as Fort Schuyler in 1776.  In August 1777, American forces withstood a 21 day siege of the fort which helped with the victory over the British in Saratoga later in the fall. 

By the early 1800s the fort was in disrepair and in 1830 the growing City of Rome developed over the site of the fort.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Wagner-Sisson Bill on August 21, 1935, to establish Fort Stanwix National Monument.  Removal of the urban development over the site of the fort did not begin until the 1960s and actual construction of the replica fort began in 1973.  In 1976, Fort Stanwix National Monument opened to the public.

Take the trip and explore this historic fort.  Look below for directions and a couple of pictures from Fort Stanwix. You can get more information from the National Park Service website for Fort Stanwix.

Directions:

From the West: Take I-90 (NY Thruway) to Exit 33 (Verona-Rome). Turn Right onto NY 365 East. Follow NY 365, veering left as NY 365 merges with NY 69 at the fork in the road. This will take you over an arterial bridge into the City of Rome. Fort Stanwix NM will be across Erie Blvd. on the right side of James Street. Parking will be in the along the Fort Stanwix side of the street or in the parking garage on the left side of N James St.

From the East: Take I-90 (NY Thruway) to Exit 32 (Westmoreland). Turn Right onto NY 233 North. Follow NY 233 for 6 miles, and then make a left onto the NY 49N/NY 69W/NY 365W ramp. Continue on NY 49 North for 0.1 mi. and bear right on ramp to NY 49N/NY 69W first 0.2 miles, and then 1.2 miles. Turn right onto NY 26 (N James St.). Fort Stanwix NM will be on your right. Parking is along the Fort Stanwix side of the street or in the Rome City Fort Stanwix Parking Garage on the left side of the street.

From the North (NY 26):
Follow NY 26 into the City of Rome (the name will change into Turin Street.). When Turin St. intersects at a "Y" with N James St. turn right onto N James and follow the road down three blocks. On the left you will see Fort Stanwix NM. Parking is along the right side of the street or in the in the Rome City Fort Stanwix Parking Garage on the right side of the street.

From the North (NY 46.):
Follow NY 46 into the City of Rome (the name will change into Black River Blvd.). Continue down Black River Blvd. Fort Stanwix NM will be on your right, nearly across from the city fire station. Continue to the intersection of Black River and Erie Blvds. Turn right at the next two lights until you are on N James St. There will now be parking to your left in the Rome City Fort Stanwix Parking Garage, or on the right on the Fort Stanwix National Monument side of the street.

 

Park Ranger explains artillery piece inside Fort Stanwix

Inside of the fort from the top of the earth walls

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