Fort Stanwix National Monument To Offer Candlelight Tours Of 18th Century Fort

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Candlelight tours of Fort Stanwix will be offered November 30. NPS photo.

If you find yourself in upstate New York for the long Thanksgiving Day weekend, treat yourself to a candlelight tour of Fort Stanwix National Monument.

On Saturday, November 30th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the staff and volunteers of the national monument near Rome, New York, invite you to the park’s annual Holiday Open House to explore winter through the eyes of an 18th Century Mohawk Valley resident.

Candlelit rooms, bedecked for the holidays, will be staffed by reenactors portraying life from holidays past. Musicians will perform period music and you will be invited to sing along to the merry sounds of yesteryear. You’ll discover the origins of some of today’s favorite American holiday traditions and forgotten favorites of the past. For the younger set, there will be a take-home craft activity and holiday exploration booklet.

The Marinus Willett Center, at the corner of James and Dominick Streets, will be open to the public throughout the evening. Stop in to build your own fort, explore artifacts, and browse the bookstore.

Today's fort is not the original Fort Stanwix, but rather a replica that the National Park Service and the city of Rome collaborated on back in 1976. They had access to many of the fort's original plans and documents to ensure accuracy.