Take a trip back in time at the Fort Stanwix National Monument

Fort Stanwix National Monument


C01D9B86-155D-451F-67518C1A2A1F5033-largeFor thousands of years the ancient trail that connects the Mohawk River and Wood Creek served as a vital link for people traveling between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario. Travelers used this well-worn route through Oneida Indian territory to carry trade goods and news, as well as diseases, to others far away. When Europeans arrived they called this trail the Oneida Carrying Place and inaugurated a significant period in American history–a period when nations fought for control of not only the Oneida Carrying Place, but the Mohawk Valley, the homelands of the Six Nations Confederacy, and the rich resources of North America as well. In this struggle Fort Stanwix would play a vital role.

Known as “the fort that never surrendered,” Fort Stanwix, under the command of Col. Peter Gansevoort, successfully repelled a prolonged siege, in August 1777, by British, German, Loyalist, Canadian, and American Indian troops and warriors commanded by British Gen. Barry St. Leger. The failed siege combined with the battles at Oriskany, Bennington, and Saratoga thwarted a coordinated effort by the British in 1777, under the leadership of Gen. John Burgoyne, to take the northern colonies, and led to American alliances with France and the Netherlands. Troops from Fort Stanwix also participated in the 1779 Clinton-Sullivan Campaign and protected America’s northwest frontier from British campaigns until finally being abandoned in 1781.

Getting Around

Visitors are encouraged to start their experience of Fort Stanwix National Monument at the Willett Center, across the street from the city parking facilities on James Street. For those touring the area by bicycle, a bicycle rack can be found at the entrance.
Once inside the visitor center, visitors receive an orientation from the ranger on duty. The Monument has 3 short trails that encircle the fort. One of the trails follows a portion of the Oneida Carrying Place. The other two trails interpret the events of the siege of 1777.
Join a ranger led program and gain a greater understanding of the events that happened here. Check with the ranger on duty in the Willett Center for times and locations of all programs offered that day.
Visitors have an opportunity to discover their own bridges to the past in the museum area. Other activities in the fort include living history programs. All visitors are welcome to join to our special events and experience 18th century military life.


Through Oct. 31: Willett Center: Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ranger-led tours of the fort leave from the Willett Center at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fort: Open daily 9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Nov. 1 to Dec. 1: Willett Center: Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ranger-led tours of the fort leave from the Willett Center at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Fort: Open daily 9:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 2 to Dec. 31 (all tours weather permitting): Willett Center: Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fort: Ranger-led tours of the fort leave from the Willett Center at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.


There isn’t an entrance or admission fee. However, National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes can be purchased at the park visitor center for your future travels.


If your organization is interested in a ranger guided program, please visit the Group Tours Page. Self-guided tour groups are always welcome as well. You can check these pages for options.
For more information, contact the park at 315-336-4448 or visit http://www.nps.gov/fost/index.htm

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