• 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.

Featured Artifact

Powder horn
Engraved powder horn on loan from Rome Historical Society.
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Detail of engraved horn.

Detail of engraved map.

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Powder horns were used for storing gun powder to refill guns or cartridges. With a cord attached to the ends, soldiers, militiamen, riflemen, and hunters could easily carry the horns over their shoulder while out in the field.

The horns were light-weight, cheap to make and kept the powder dry. Horn is also a non-sparking material that eliminated the risk of igniting the gun powder stored within the horn.

Powder horns were often decorated with engravings, many of which depict maps like the one seen on this powder horn. These maps usually provided a basic geography of an area.

This powder horn shows the Hudson River from New York City to Canada. The powder horn has "NORTH REVER" engraved near the south end of the Hudson which is another name for this segment of the river.

Towns, forts and other significant locations are marked along the river such as Saratoga and Lake George.

 
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Fort Stanwix depicted on powder horn.

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The other side of the horn shows a representation of the Mohawk River that is engraved as the "MOOHAWK REVR."

Albany is shown at the fork of the Hudson River and the Mohawk River and as the river heads north to Lake Ontario with "FORT STANWIX," "LAKE ONYDA" and "OSWEGO" engraved along the way.

This powder horn is currently on loan to the park from Rome Historical Society.

Visitors to Fort Stanwix National Monument can view this horn and several others that are currently on exhibit in the Marinus Willett Collections Management and Education Center.

Did You Know?

tents with white walls surround grass and wooden walls twice as tall

Fort Stanwix has two names. Named for Gen. John Stanwix, this was the fort's name under the British. When rebuilt by the Americans, it was then named for Gen. Phillip Schuyler. However, there were several other Fort Schuylers in New York at that time, so the name never stuck due to the confusion.