Fort Stanwix National Monument, commonly known as the fort that never surrendered to the British during America’s War of Independence 1777, has been overrun by a swarm of honeybees. Located in the city of Rome in Oneida County in New York, the port has served as a historic site for a long time, reminding Americans of their past.
It is also said to be the first place where the stars and stripes on the U.S. flag were flown in battle. Although it is not clear which flag was used, it was the starting point for the current U.S. flag.
“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,” said National Park Service on its website.
Now, fort officials have surrendered to a swarm of honeybees that dawned on July 24. According to the staff of the facility, they are unable to keep the park open for visitors. Although the bees only occupy the barracks, guests are restricted from the park for safety reasons. They further say that the restrictions may stay for a while since the swarming season for honeybees is yet to come to an end.
Fort officials have specifically asked individuals with bee allergies to take more precautions. Visitors are asked to follow up on the park’s official Facebook page for updates in regards to the situation at hand. As a result, the park may have sections that are not accessible to visitors.
Park officials have said that they will not interfere with the activities of the bees. They will be allowed to swarm around the facility until they find a new home. Once they find a new home, the park will engage the services of a beekeeper to relocate them.
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