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

    Fort Stanwix

    National Monument New York

Are You Ready to Sign your Life Away?

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Date: June 19, 2013
Contact: William Sawyer , (315) 338-7730

Luckily, signing a piece of paper today is rarely a matter of life and death. For the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, and the soldiers in George Washington's army, that's exactly what it was. On Thursday, July 4th, come to Fort Stanwix National Monument and follow in the footsteps of those who won our independence by signing your own "John Hancock" on the Declaration of Independence. At 10:15 am and 1 pm, join the 3rd New York Regiment and receive training to be a Continental Soldier. Then, at 11 am and 2 pm, assemble with your fellow soldiers as honor guards for the official readings of the Declaration of Independence outside the fort walls.

 Additional activities throughout the day include:
·Musket firings (in conjunction with the readings of the declaration).
·Children's 18th century toys, games and dress-up clothes.
·Junior Ranger activity books available at the Willett Center and the Gregg Barracks contact station inside the fort.

Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission to the park is free. Activities are ongoing unless noted. For more information about upcoming events please call the park at (315) 338-7730. Please visit the park's web page at www.nps.gov/fost for additional information about the park and up-to-date news about park events.

Did You Know?

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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.