Members of the Oneida Indian Nation First Allies Project, park VIPs, and staff ignored the frigid weather of central New York and came together on January 19th to prepare Fort Stanwix National Monument for the upcoming spring season.
The fort was shaken awake from its winter slumber as the workers went from barrack to barrack emptying a multitude of straw mattresses and re-stuffing them with fresh straw. Quarters were swept, dusted, and tidied. Fireplaces were cleaned and lanterns, black with soot, were brought in to be washed. The volunteer prep area and the historic weapons room did not escape the cleaning fury of this crew and now stand ready for inspection.
As the old adage goes, “An army moves on its stomach.” This one was no different. Hot coffee and donuts were followed by hot pizza – the operative word here being “hot”.
Peter Gansevoort, Colonel commanding Fort Stanwix during the siege of 1777, would be proud to know his orders that the fort be “sweet and clean” are still being followed by its stewards of today.