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Fort Stanwix National Monument is a testament to the original fort, which played important roles in both the American Revolutionary War and the building of the nation. In 1777, it earned the title “the fort that never surrendered” after outlasting a siege by troops from several different nations under British command. It was originally built due to the importance of the area as a travel route between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario and helped to establish American control of the area and its resources.
Eventually, the city of Rome was established and expanded on the area where the fort originally stood; the citizens of Rome, desiring to preserve their history, were able to locate and unearth the remains of the fort and began the process of reconstituting the fort in the middle of their modern city. Professional archaeologists continued to unearth the original fort.
The monument is open year-round during normal business hours (including weekends), except for certain public holidays like Christmas. The site contains a visitor center and museum, where you can view exhibits documenting the history of the fort and the efforts to rebuild it. You can take a guided tour of the site, which generally lasts less than an hour, or you can explore on your own; there are staff on site who can answer your questions. The grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. Park your Rome camper rental nearby, and you can add coffee breaks to your itinerary while exploring the monument.
While you're in the city of Rome, you can take a few minutes to experience the urban parks. Bellamy Harbor Park is a short distance away on the banks of Pools Brook; Riverside Park is also located along the banks of another river that cuts through the city before joining Pools Brook. Some of the city's must-see landmarks are the Rome Historical Society & Museum, the Rome City Court, and Rome City Hall, all of which are within walking distance of Fort Stanwix National Monument. This would be a good time to take a self-guided auto tour of the city in your Rome rental RV before stepping out on foot to see the attractions up close.
If you'd like to get outside of the city to experience some natural environments, Three Mile Bay Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Cicero Swamp WMA are just a short drive from the monument. Both of these areas provide opportunities to walk or hike; Cicero Swamp is a nature preserve that also allows visitors to observe the resident wildlife and fish and hunt. The swamp is largely a wetland complex with stands of black spruce, tamarack, and stunted white pine growing out of rich soil. When you camp in an RV near Fort Stanwix National Monument, you can add being a nature blind to one of the rig's many features.
There aren't any facilities for camping at Fort Stanwix National Monument, but there is a substantial selection of RV campgrounds near Rome. The Villages RV Park is a cultivated campground with tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, ponds for fishing and rowboats, and a seasonal hot tub and heated swimming pool. There are a horseshoe pitch and nature trails nearby; each individual campsite has full hookups and WiFi.
Treasure Isle RV Park is a secluded RV campground with campsites on or near the water, or further inland, hidden amongst the trees. The sites are spacious and have picnic tables and fire rings; there is a private beach only for the campground guests, so overcrowding during the summer won't be a problem, and the river is an idyllic setting for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. The campground has a laundry facility and book library, paddle, rowboat and pedal kart rentals, and much more.
Utica is a reasonably large city with many attractions; if you decide you'd like to chill for an afternoon, there are several breweries and a distillery in the city; if not, there are several museums, one of which is a distance-running hall of fame. You'll also find an outdoor zoo, the Stanley Center for The Arts, and a landmark Union Station, home to the nationwide Amtrak service. Utica's restaurant scene has a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, including some less common options such as French and Irish food; prices range from inexpensive to fine dining, so it's unlikely you won't find something that completes your day.
Boonville is a small town with several urban parks; one of the parks has a waterfall, the perfect reward for a hiking adventure. You'll also find a museum and a local golf club where you can squeeze in nine or 18 rounds. Boonville has a smaller food scene, but there are several family diners and a few pub restaurants. If you want to squeeze in all the nature, you can grab some takeout and enjoy it outside your Rome rental motorhome under a star-filled sky for a perfect end to a perfect day.