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

    Fort Stanwix

    National Monument New York

Make a Difference - Get Outside at Fort Stanwix During February Break

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Date: February 8, 2010
Contact: Val Morgan, 315-338-7730

a robust snow man holds his arm up while gadging a target for his cannon
National Park Service, Joe Craig

Rome, NY:The staff at Fort Stanwix is recruiting young patriots that want to make a difference in their bodies with some fun in the fresh air. What does that have to do with Fort Stanwix? Come learn about life in the Continental Army during a Central New York winter and find out. 

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 to make General Washington’s snow army. The program will begin in the Marinus Willett Center with a short story about what winter was like for some of our first soldiers, and then move out onto the west lawn of the fort for snow soldier building. Participants should come prepared with snow pants, boots, mittens or gloves, a scarf, and a hat for the outdoor activity. The program will end in the Willett Center with an activity certain to warm even the hardiest souls.

In the event of very cold temperatures or lack of snow, there is an alternate indoor activity planned. Please call the park on the day of the program if you have questions about the location of the main activity. The program is free of charge, and will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in or around the Marinus Willett Center at the intersection of James St. and Erie Blvd. Children ages 5-12 are encouraged to participate with their families.

Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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. 

 

 

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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.