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Historic Fort Not Taken By British Finally Conquered

Honeybees invade wood

A historic fort that never surrendered to the British during America’s War of Independence has been overrun – by a swarm of honeybees.

Fort Stanwix National Monument, located in Rome, New York, is one of the landmarks of American history.

Known as the fort that never surrendered, it was the scene of one of the landmark battles of the United States’ War of Independence from the British in 1777.

An up-close image of hundreds of honeybees swarming over a hole in a log. Fort Stanwix inside Fort Stanwix National Monument, an 18th-century historic site known as “the fort that never surrendered,” had to be closed because it was swarmed by bees on Sunday, July 24, 2022, in Rome, New York.
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It’s said to be where one of the earliest versions of the stars and stripes flag was flown in battle. The National Park Service says on its website: “It is not certain which flag flew over Fort Stanwix during the Siege of 1777.

“All that is known is from several accounts: it was made of blue, white, and red stripes, and it was flown ‘on behalf of These United States’ and in defiance of the British, by the officers and soldiers inside the fort.”

But now, fort officials have caved after thousands of swarming honeybees overran their defenses in the barracks on Sunday.

Fort staff said the bees had occupied the barracks, but they were able to keep the surrounding park open to careful visitors.

The fort went on to announce that sections of the historic site may continue to have temporary restrictions in place as it is “swarming season for honey bees.”

Fort officials advised visitors with allergies to take extra precautions and to keep up-to-date with information on their Facebook page.

The Fort Stanwix National Monument said in a statement on Tuesday: “Please be aware that it is swarming season for honey bees.

Honeybees invade wood
An up-close image of hundreds of honeybees swarming over a hole in a log. Fort Stanwix inside Fort Stanwix National Monument, an 18th-century historic site known as “the fort that never surrendered,” had to be closed because it was swarmed by bees on Sunday, July 24, 2022, in Rome, New York.
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“As a result, the historic fort may occasionally have inaccessible sections or modified hours.

“Although they will not harm you unless you harm them, visitors with allergies may wish to take extra precautions for their visit, and continue following the park Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates.”

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