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Contact: Kelly Cardwell, 315 338-7730
Rome, NY: To celebrate Fort Stanwix National Monument’s 75th birthday the park will host a special Mother and Daughter Encampment on August 7 and 8, 2010. This is one of a series of special events throughout the year.
Mothers and their daughters will join park staff, volunteers and partners for this unique opportunity to come for a night, learn about family life on the frontier, and camp at Fort Stanwix. Together they will learn to sew, cook, nurse, and about other ways to care for and entertain your family at a frontier outpost. Then they will be invited enjoy an evening tea program. Please remember that because you will be a lady of the 18th century plan to share rooms with other families.
Daughters are defined as girls from the ages of 5 to 17. Grandmothers, aunts, custodial guardians, nieces, cousins, and recreational groups, such as Girl Scouts, are welcome as well as long as age and supervision requirements for the girls are met by their “Mother.” Due to available space, the program is limited to only 100 people; reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. If less than 50 people make reservations the program will be cancelled. Please call Fort Stanwix National Monument at (315) 338-7730 or visit the Marinus Willett Center at the intersection of James and Dominick Streets by Saturday, July 31st to make your reservation to participate in this event.
The cost for the encampment is $15.00 per person. The catered dinner and breakfast will be provided by The Savoy restaurant. The dinner includes stew, bread and non-carbonated soft drinks, and in the morning participants will enjoy a Continental breakfast. If you wish to supplement these meals with something more, like the ladies of Fort Stanwix, you will need to provide this yourself. Please make checks payable to the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce; and send the checks or cash to the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce, 139 West Dominick Street, Rome, NY 13440-5809; phone (315)337-1700.
Participants who wish to spend the night will be sleeping in a rustic setting on straw beds and in areas with dirt floors. People with severe allergies and asthma are cautioned to consider their participation in this event because of the mold, mildew, dust, and straw and should contact the park for more information or concerns. Additionally, please bring your sleeping bags and pillows, a flashlight, and a blanket to lie over the straw beds. For those who choose not to spend the night the program will be ending at 10:00 pm, Saturday night. A flashlight is recommended.
Come out, enjoy and celebrate Fort Stanwix National Monument’s 75th birthday.
Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 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.