A great family day out is one where kids can not only have fun, but learn something. What better way to learn about the fascinating history of the USA than actually visit the locations which played key roles in shaping the country!
Fort Stanwix National Monument played a vital role in one particular event in history. Did you know that a vital link for people traveling from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Ontario was actually an ancient trail which connects Wood Creek and the Mowhawk River? This went through Oneida Indian territory as they carried trade goods (and unfortunately diseases too!).
When the Europeans arrived they called this the Oneida Carrying Place which led to nations battling for control over this trail, as well as other areas close by. This is where Fort Stanwix National Monument came in!
It was known as the “fort that never surrendered”, and helped repel a siege – and well, you have to visit the monument to hear the rest of the story!
There are a number of things to do with the family as you spend your day re-living history! The Visitor Center is the best place for visitors to become orientated with the fort, and kids can join the Junior Ranger program where they can complete fun activities to try and get that badge and certificate!
Keep an eye out for the living history programs, and special events where you can really experience 18th century military life – because you will be living in it!
Fort Stanwix National Monument makes for a fun and educational family day out – history can repeat itself!