There is not much to do in Rome, but in the next town of Utica, there are 2 major shopping malls that are worth visiting, even if just to do some window shopping. Of course, going there around the holidays may seem a little sadistic if you're into hunting for parking spaces and getting stuck in traffic... but this mall has never had a problem with parking.. that I know of. The area is pretty well built up, so there's plenty of things to do if you're in the area.
There are plenty of restaurants on the road or in the mall, and there are enough stores in the mall where you'd find something for somebody.
The prices are competitive and it has always been my mall of choice.
There's a bus that goes between both shopping malls, too!!
The Historical Society has preserved thousands of artifacts from the history of this city, from the time of the Indians to the modern age. Some have to do with agriculture, others with industry or the Erie Canal. Still others are from Griffiss AFB, which closed here a few years ago. There is also a small library. This is also a great place to research your roots. It's housed in a former post office.
For centuries, this place was on the trade routes used by the Oneida Indians. During the Saratoga campaign of 1777, British forces including regulars, Hessians, Indians, and Canadians laid siege to this fort. The defenders, led by Col Peter Gansevoort, held out long enough to break the siege. The British also lost battles at Oriskany, Bennington, and finally Saratoga. This was the turning point in the war, leading to French intervention.
Fort Stanwix thus acquired the nickname "the fort that never surrendered." But after the war, it was soon abandoned and almost forgotten. Since then, it's been carefully restored. Visitors can learn not only about the Saratoga campaign, but also about daily life in the army at the time.
200 S James St, Rome, NY 13440
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145 East Whitesboro Street,at Erie Blvd., At Erie
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799 LAWRENCE STREET, Rome, NY 13440
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7900 Turin Rd, Rome, NY 13440
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We drove and then after you parked...miles away....they took you to the concertgrounds by schoolbus.
Well...the best thing about Woodstock was seeing all the bands. Actually....many of the bands were ones I do not even really care for...but it was still fun.
Some bands I saw were Creed,Metallica,Bush, James Brown,Limp Bizkit,The Brian Setzer Orchestra,Jameroqui,The Red Hot Chili Peppers,Rusted Root, Sheryl Crow, Jewel,Alannis Morisette, Rage Against the Machine,DMX,Willie Nelson, Bush,Kid Rock..and many more....I can't remember them all.
Fondest memory: Well....I have a few. I loved seeing Bush( Gavin Rossdale is sooooo hot!), I loved seeing Creed especially when Robbie Kreiger of' The Doors' came out and they did ' Roadhouse Blues' Scott Stapp sounded eerily like Jim Morrison, I loved dancing to 'Rusted Root', The Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a great show ( but Flea's lack of costume was kind of gross!) Also...We got to meet Peter Maxx...the famous artist that designed the stage. he was very nice.
Favorite thing: The West Stage. This is where I saw 'Rusted Root' and danced and danced and danced. This picture was taken the first day....before the place became trashed.
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