Mysteries, Myths, & Mayhem Event at Fort Stanwix

A flag waves in a vivid orange sunset over a shadowed wooden wall.
When the sun set over the, fear of the unknown and unseen would set in.

National Park Service, M. Palumbo

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News Release Date: October 18, 2017

Contact: William Sawyer, 315-338-7730

On Saturday, October 28, Fort Stanwix National Monument will offer a special nighttime tour through the fort. This candlelit program, called Mysteries, Myths, & Mayhem, explores the more terrifying aspects of life for the soldiers and their families along the New York frontier.

During this once-a-year event, several tours will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All event attendees should meet at the visitor center for the guided walk through the fort. The first tour will leave from the rear door at 6:30 p.m. and the last will leave at 8 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

True life scary stories will be told, including “the sniper and the scarecrow,” a true tale about a soldier faced with certain death if he took watch on the fort wall. “These people lived in fear every day that they served at this wilderness outpost,” said Park Ranger Bill Sawyer. “Sometimes their real-life experiences seemed more like a modern horror story.” 

The final event of 2017 taking place at Fort Stanwix National Monument is the Holiday Open House, on Saturday, November 25. A full schedule of park events can be found on All park events are free.

Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven 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. Please visit the park’s web page at, or follow us 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

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Last updated: October 25, 2017

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