Fort Stanwix national monument, commonly referred to as the fort that never surrendered to the British during the 1777 American Revolutionary War, was overrun by a swarm of bees. Located in the city of Rome in New York’s Oneida County, the port has long served as a historic site, reminding Americans of their past.
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It is also said to be the first place where the stars and stripes of the American flag were flown in battle. Although it is unclear which flag was used, it was the starting point for the current American flag.
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“All that is known comes from several accounts: it was made up of blue, white and red stripes, and it was flown ‘in the name of this United States’ and in defiance of the British, by the officers and privates inside the fort,” the National Park Service said on its website.
Now, fort officials have surrendered to a swarm of bees that rose on July 24. According to the facility staff, they are unable to keep the park open to visitors. Although the bees only occupy the barracks, visitors are prohibited from entering the park for security reasons. They further say that the restrictions may remain for some time since the bee swarming season is not over yet.
Fort officials have specifically asked people with allergies to bees to take extra precautions. Visitors are asked to follow the park’s official Facebook page for updates regarding the current situation. Therefore, the park may have sections that are not accessible to visitors.
Park officials said they would not interfere with bee activities. They will be allowed to swarm around the facility until they find a new home. Once they have found a new home, the park will hire the services of a beekeeper to relocate them.
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