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Fort Stanwix — National Parks that you cannot miss in CNY

Fort Stanwix — National Parks that you cannot miss in CNY

The second national park (For the first one, go to Women’s Rights National Park) we are going to introduce this week is Fort Stanwix.  It is well-known as “the fort that never surrendered.” It was built in 1758 by British to dominate the Oneida Carry area. Back to that time, the Oneida Carry occupied the main region of Upstate New York for a long time. It served a vital role of various trades around northern American, especially fur trade. They used to bring fur via water route to the south to trade with the Dutch and the English or to the northeast to trade with the French.

 

During the American Revolutionary era, several nations fought for the control over the land and the resources in northern American. Back then, Fort Stanwix successfully repelled a prolonged siege by British, Canadian, Loyalist, and American Indian troops and warriors under the command of Col. Peter Gansevoort. Later, local troops also participated into protecting America’s northwest frontier from British. They made a huge contribution to the country’s peace and territory.

WHAT’S IN THE NATIONAL PARK

The fraise built outside the wall of the fort, to defend against enemies.

The fraise built outside the wall of the fort, to defend against enemies.

The Fort Stanwix National Monument has two parts. They are the Marinus Willett Center, also the visitor center, and the fort itself.  It offers various interactive programs for the visitors. They can learn the significant part of a complex story in American history here.

The fort was accurately reconstructed by the City of Rome and the National Park Service. It looks pretty much the same as it did during the wartime. The structure contains the berm, bastion, casemate, covered way, curtain wall, ditch, embrasure, fraise, glacis, parapet, and the sentry box. The design was super functional. Not only for transporting and storing troops and equipment, but also protecting soldiers from enemy attacks. It could work well in bad weather, too.

These rooms are where generals and soldiers worked and lived inside the fort.

These rooms are where generals and soldiers worked and lived inside the fort.

Oriskany Battlefield SHS is about five miles from the fort. It was built to memorize the siege of Fort Stanwix, also known as the battle of Oriskany. Today it serves as a site of healing and remembrance for generations of Americans, Loyalists, and Native Americans… as well as all who cherish freedom and democracy.

Oriskany Battlefield, located about five miles away from the fort.

Oriskany Battlefield, located about five miles away from the fort.

WHAT YOU CAN DO HERE

You can join a park ranger, walk through the park, listen to the history, and imagine the stories that happened before, during, and after the American Revolutionary War. The trip will take around 30 minutes. They offer the trip daily.

Occasionally, you can have a chat with the professional archaeologists. They share their experiences and show you the tools and equipment for professional use. There are an archeology museum collections housed at the park.

You can also have fun playing the live action puzzle game in the park. It’s an “escape room” style adventure, and team visitors can reserve a team room before the arrival.

There is a chance to experience the real sorrow and horror from the war by joining the tour of the Oriskany Battlefield. Horror stories happened during and after the war will be displayed in this event. Participates will hear about the horrors of a surprise attack, the hard choices men had to make fighting against former friends, neighbors, and the family itself.

Fort Stanwix National Monument offers various programs and events in different seasons. It’s a great place for learning and experiencing the history of the American Revolutionary War in northern America.

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