As mayor, I would like to welcome you to the City of Rome website. On behalf of all of us in the City of Rome, we look forward to welcoming you in person!
The City of Rome is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Central New York’s Mohawk Valley. With its plethora of lakes, rivers, streams and rolling hills, the City of Rome is a wonderful place to live, work and play; and we await your arrival whether you plan to visit, purchase a house or start a business.
Rich in historical treasures and surrounded by natural beauty, Rome is a great place for the recreational, historical or casual visitor.
The City of Rome has a long and storied history dating back to before the Revolutionary War – when the land was inhabited by the Oneida Indian Nation, members of the Iroquois Confederacy. During the Revolutionary War, Rome played a pivotal role in the defeat of British forces. This role is celebrated in the reconstructed Fort Stanwix National Monument, located in the heart of the city. The monument, owned and operated by the National Park Service not only recreates life during the British siege of 1777 but also contains hundreds of thousands of artifacts in its Marinus Willett interpretative center.
The Fort also shows how people endured harsh conditions along the Oneida Carrying Place, a key spot for trade in the heart of the Iroquois Confederacy.
In addition to the reconstructed Revolutionary War Fort, Rome is also the starting location of the Erie Canal, once the main economic engine of the state. To commemorate the canal and Rome’s history, the 1840s Erie Canal Village is located here, giving visitors and residents insight into the period and the impact of the canal on New York and its communities.
For those searching for their ancestors, the Rome Historical Society is one of the foremost genealogy research institutions in the state and region. Its friendly staff and comprehensive archives can help visitors track down long-lost ancestors and locate distant branches of the family tree.
Rome is also the location of:
- The grave of Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance
- Delta Lake State Park, which features swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnic and pavilion areas and more
- Bellamy Harbor Park, along the historic Erie Canal
- Numerous arts and cultural organizations including the Capitol Theatre, Rome Art and Community Center, Rome Historical Society, and Jervis Public Library including the John B. Jervis House and Collection
- Many unique restaurants, shops and stores that offer residents and visitors great meals and great products
Rome is easily accessible by car, train and plane. Three New York State Thruway exits lead to Rome, as well as State Routes 365, 26, 46 and 49. The historic Martin Street Train Station is served by Amtrak and has multiple departures seven days a week. In addition, the Oneida County airport is now located at Griffiss Airfield, in the heart of Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
We encourage you to come and visit us soon – you will be glad you did!
Joseph R. Fusco, Jr.