Fort Stanwix has been on my must-see list for decades, and I finally got to visit!
I can tell you that I was definitely not disappointed- the site is a National Park Service tour de force! Rome is an easy trip on a highway loop off Interstate 90. The fort dominates the downtown area.
Stanwix is a huge reconstructed wooden fort, complete with moat and drawbridge. Reenactors welcome you to the fort and provide periodic demonstrations. There are guided tours, but you can do a self-guided tour at your own pace, visiting all of the workrooms and living rooms. Each room has plenty of period artefacts to bring the milieu to life, and helpful descriptive material.
There's an extensive Visitor's Center with several movie shows (and one inside the fort) to help visitors with the historical significance, and plenty of descriptive material, presented in an engaging way.
Stanwix is a highly important site in our nation's history, and the story of why this geographical location was of vital importance is fully explained in the exhibits. The NPS has done a stellar job in reclaiming this site and making it universally available (no fee; open every day except national holidays).
You can enjoy this fort on several levels: kids will enjoy being inside a 'castle', it's a great place to enjoy a walk; and history buffs will find much to enjoy and to learn.
Whether you've one hour or several hours to spare, mark this down as an unforgettable must-see!
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