ATTENTION! —  A “Continental soldier” teaches a group of children to march in formation with their wooden rifles at the ready in this Fort Stanwix National Monument file photo. There will be plenty of activities for children and adults, as “Futile Thunder” returns to the national monument next weekend. (Photo submitted)

Futile Thunder to return to Fort Stanwix

Published Aug 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

Fort Stanwix National Monument will host the annual Futile Thunder Revolutionary War event on Saturday, Aug. 11.

This year marks the 241-year anniversary of the British siege of the fort, and visitors will have the opportunity to discover the stories of those who took part in the siege. Events will include military drills, weapons demonstrations, and daily fort life activities.

Visitors are invited to take part in family friendly activities, including the colonial water bucket challenge and musket and cannon drills to help defend the fort. Children will have the opportunity to play games from the period and try other hands on activities.

Featured during this year’s event will be demonstrations and discussions on the British siege, or attack, operations. This will include a ranger-led walk around the park that will highlight landmarks and stories related to the Siege of 1777.  

“We welcome all to share in the stories of the little fort that never surrendered and its unlikely defenders,” said Park Ranger William Sawyer. During the American Revolution, the fort was known as “Fort Schuyler” to the Americans and helped to bring about a victory for the Continental Army at Saratoga. “Without the successful defense of the fort,” said Sawyer,” the victories at Saratoga, and the American alliance with France may never have come about.”

The next event taking place at Fort Stanwix National Monument is the Oriskany Historic Site Bicycle Tour on Saturday, Aug. 18. 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. Visit the park’s web page at, or follow Fort Stanwix 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