• large wooden spikes jut out from a large wooden angular wall lit by sunlight. verdant grass surrounds it.

    Fort Stanwix

    National Monument New York

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  • Bridge Repair Work

    Beginning September 15, the main bridge into the fort will be closed for repairs. Visitors will be able to access the fort through the sally port entrance. An accessible ramp will be available upon request. Visit the Willett Center for assistance on-site.

Archeology

Two archeologists sit and dig during the 1970s excavations.

Archeologists excavate during the 1970s excavations.

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Nearly 50 years ago archeologists began to locate the remains of the original Fort Stanwix (briefly renamed Fort Schuyler, 1776-1781). Remnants of the original fort were discovered and nearly 500,000 artifacts were found dating to the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century.

Archeology continues today at Fort Stanwix National Monument. When maintenance or construction activities take place, archeology is done first in order to ensure that the site is not destroyed and the resources are preserved. These projects are driven by the desire to preserve the archeological resources at the park and meet compliance standards of the federal government.

 

Learn More

To learn more about the archeological discovery of Fort Stanwix and other cultural resources at the park, click on the links below.

Casemates and Cannonballs: Archeological Investigations at Fort Stanwix National Monument - This book reports on the excavations of the fort, an essential prerequisite to its reconstruction and interpretation.

Fort Stanwix: History, Historic Furnishing, and Historic Structures Report - The extensive study and documentation needed to reconstruct a structure of the magnitude and character of Fort Stanwix is presented in this report.

Did You Know?

painting, a horse lead by its driver, pulling a canal boat full of people on a blue river

Construction of the Erie Canal began near Rome, NY after the first ceremonial shovel full of earth was turned on July 4, 1817. This canal, located only a few miles away from the ruins of Fort Stanwix, would soon overtake the Oneida Carry as New York's prinicple waterway. More...