Fort Stanwix to Host Artificers’ Day

A man in 18th century clothing sits with an anvil in front of him. It is a large black piece of metal. On that he hammers a shiny piece of silver gently.
A silversmith demonstrates how to make a lantern to park visitors.

National Park Service/D. Umstead

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News Release Date: May 30, 2018

Contact: William Sawyer, 315-338-7730

Rome, NY – On Saturday, June 9, Fort Stanwix National Monument will host an 18th Century “Artificers’ Day” event. Silversmiths, barrel makers, and other tradesmen will demonstrate their crafts inside the fort from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Hands on experiences, appropriate for all ages, will also take place throughout the day.

During the American Revolution, various tradesmen, known as “artificers,’ were hired by the Continental Army to provide much needed services for the soldiers. “An often overlooked part of military life is the work of the army tradesmen,” said Park Ranger William Sawyer, “These people helped clothe the soldiers and ensured they had the equipment needed to do their jobs. Though they worked behind the scenes, they were as critical as the soldiers defending the walls of the fort.”

The next event taking place at Fort Stanwix is a “Historic Sites of Rome, NY Bicycle Tour” on Saturday, June 16.
A full schedule of park events can be found on www.nps.gov/fost. All park events are free.


Fort Stanwix National Monument is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the park is free. For more information about upcoming events, please call the park at (315) 338-7730. Visit the park’s web page at www.nps.gov/fost, or follow Fort Stanwix on Facebook or Instagram, for additional information about the park and up-to-date news about park events. Fort Stanwix is one of over 400 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about national parks, visit www.nps.gov.                                                     

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Last updated: May 30, 2018

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