Fort Stanwix, more than a historic gem

Published May 1, 2017 at 4:00pm

Fort Stanwix National Monument is more than a site that is remembered for the strategic roles the original fort played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and for the various treaties negotiated within its walls. It’s also important to the local economy.

Its contributions to economic activity in the area are highlighted in a just-released report that concludes that Fort Stanwix creates $6.4 million in economic benefits. It welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world. As a significant driver, it helps create a healthy and sustainable economic base.

The National Park Service report shows that 94,006 visitors to Fort Stanwix in 2016 spent $5.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 68 jobs in the local area. Visitor spending can take many forms, including lodging, food and beverages, gas,, retail trade and entrance fees. Through secondary effects, it affects most sectors of the economy.

The spending in the Rome area due to the fort was up from the previous year’s total of $4.7 million and $3.2 million in 2014.

Superintendent Frank Barrows described the situation well in discussing the report.

“We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities,” he said.

The venue commemorated two important milestones last year, the National Park Service centennial and the 40th anniversary of the reconstruction of Fort Stanwix. The park, along with its many partners, put together an exciting menu of programs and activities focused on celebration, discovery, and connecting the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.

Fort Stanwix creates civic pride. Interchanges between hosts and guests gain a better appreciation of the area’s history. There is a storied history between the fort and the Rome community.