Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Stanwix National Monument
The suttler was a civilian trader who acted as a link between the fort and the outside world. He traded with local American Indians, periodically taking furs to Albany to exchange for money or other goods.
Soldiers and their families could purchase goods as well, but often did not have the money to do so. When the soldiers could visit the suttler the most commonly bought items were food, rum and tobacco.
“The Board taking into consideration the request of our Indian Allies . . . to have a Trade opened at Fort Schuyler, that they may be supplied with such European Commodities as they stand in need of . . . The Commissioners are clearly of the Opinion that a Trade may be carried on with these Indians . . . They only request to be supplied with Goods in Return for Furrs and will be glad to receive what they stand in Need of even for an advanced price.”
Excerpt of minutes from the Meeting of Commissioners of Indian Affairs, April 15th, 1778
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles
Location. 43° 12.629′ N, 75° 27.309′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located inside Fort Stanwix. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missionary’s Quarters (here, next to this marker); Visiting Officers’ Lodging (here, next to this marker); Artillerymen (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Barracks Building (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers’ Quarters: Casemate (a few steps from this marker); Junior Officers’ Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Guard Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
More about this marker. A picture on the marker shows a suttler buying a pelt from an Indian.
Also see . . . Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.