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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Northern Early America

Picture of Fort Stanwix

Fort Stanwix National Monument
112 E. Park Street
Rome, NY 13440
Vistor Information
Phone: 315-338-7730
Fax: 315-334-5051
History

Fort Stanwix, colonial outpost on the site of Rome, N.Y., controlling a principal route from the Hudson River to Lake Ontario. Originally a French trading center, it was rebuilt by the English general John Stanwix in 1758. The British colonial leader Sir William Johnson signed an important treaty with the Iroquois there in 1768. The fort fell into disrepair until early in the American Revolution, when it was rebuilt by the patriots and called Fort Schuyler. In 1777 (see Saratoga campaign) the fort was held against British and Tory forces until reinforcements under Benedict Arnold helped lift the siege.

Picture of Seneca War Chief Red Jacket
Seneca War Chief, Red Jacket. Photo from the book,
Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars, by Jerry Keenan.

A staunch traditionalist, Red Jacket was opposed to the treaty of Fort Stanwix and the introduction of white ways into Indian customs.

Hours

Fort Stanwix National Monument is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., year round except for January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.

Admission

There is no entrance or admission fee.

Tours

Please call ahead at 315-338-7730 to book a school group or any other guided group program. Self guided tour groups are always welcome as well!

Revolutionary War

The following is from the book, Indian Wars by Robert M. Utley and Wilcomb E. Washburn.

Picture of Seneca chief and orator Red Jacket

Revolutionary War Story

Revolutionary War Story

Connumities and Related Links
National Park Service/Fort Stanwix
Rome, New York

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