Repairs to help keep spirit, legacy of Fort Stanwix alive

Posted 5/17/19

A building at Fort Stanwix National Monument is receiving some work, according to park officials, to help keep the area’s historic Revolutionary War past alive for future generations. The …

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Repairs to help keep spirit, legacy of Fort Stanwix alive

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A building at Fort Stanwix National Monument is receiving some work, according to park officials, to help keep the area’s historic Revolutionary War past alive for future generations.

The northernmost building within the fort, which houses the unearthed hearth that was part of the original fort built from 1758-1762, is undergoing some extensive repairs — with painstaking attention to detail.

Fort Stanwix National Monument Park Ranger Kelly Roman said the work began last spring and is ramping up again this year.

“It’s pretty much a whole rebuild of the building,” Roman said.

She estimated work will wrap by the end of the year. Until then, the building will be off limits to guests of the Revolutionary War-era fort; however, just as Fort Stanwix is known for its “never surrender” attitude, those eager to learn every detail about the fort, still can — by visiting the monument’s website.

Although that part of the site is inaccessible, Roman said, “There is plenty of information about it on our website, and we have photos to share, so if anybody’s interested in learning more about it, we can accommodate.”

The hearth is the only component of the original fort on display at the park, which is a reconstruction built in the 1970s. It was discovered during construction. Park officials have said the hearth is a visitor favorite.

Other minor projects are also being contemplated, Roman said. Work to “revamp the bathrooms” is planned, though funding has not yet been allocated, according to Roman.

For more information about Fort Stanwix, visit the park’s web page at www.nps.gov/fost, 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 the national park system, visit www.nps.gov.

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