Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Welcome to the official Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site page. Schoharie Crossing is a NYS Historic Site & Park, est. 1966. The Visitor Center interpretive services began in 1987. We provide educational as well as recreational opportunities
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Welcome to the official Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site page.

05/26/2020

Tune in for A Sound Lesson on the Erie Canal!
We'll explore how sound is made, how you hear, and how that connects to the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825!

*You'll need some materials to follow along with the lesson:*
1 Large Balloon
1 Section of tube (paper towel) or a paper cup
1 Rubber Band
Scissors (be safe! you may need assistance from a responsible adult)

05/26/2020

ARRR You Ready to Join Us For Adventure!?
Grab some brunch and tune in for Kalli reading, "The Erie Canal Pirates" by Eric A. Kimmel & illustrated by Andrew Glass (published by Holiday House 2002).

"When pirates appear on the Erie Canal, Captain Flynn and his crew fight to keep their pay..." in this riveting tale.

Great for ages 3 to 8, or ALL AGES! Fiction.

05/23/2020
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05/22/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

As we welcome the unofficial start to summer please know we anticipate a busy weekend! Before traveling we strongly encourage you to check https://parks.ny.gov/parks/ for park closures and https://511ny.org/#:Alerts for traffic updates.

Many state parks and beaches have reduced parking by 50% and popular destinations will close early as lots fill. Do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. Plan ahead by checking our website and having alternate destinations ready if needed. When visiting please:

▪️Wear a mask or face covering WHEN social distancing is not possible, this includes on the trail and at the beaches and boardwalks
▪️Keep your blanket and chairs 10 feet from others
▪️Refrain from group sports and activities
▪️Give other visitors space on trails and in common areas
▪️Be prepared—facilities are limited and some amenities may not be available
▪️Leave no trace—pick up trash, carry in, carry out

Thank you, by working together we can help stop the spread, keep visitors and staff safe and enjoy the outdoors. 🌞🌊🌳

05/22/2020
05/21/2020

As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, keep in mind that we are still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. That means making smart choices as far as going out and the potential for crowded parks. Please make sure you have an alternate plan if you do show up and the parking lot is full. Masks and social distancing is still the guidance provided by medical professionals, NYS Dept of Health, and the CDC. Most Amenities are still closed. Trails are open but the picnic areas are limited and spread out. Some beaches in the region may be open but only at 50%. These are all things that should be considered before driving farther than your local area.
We know it's tough when the weather is nice. Let's not lose sight of the progress we have made to get to this point.

#SundayReads - take a moment and read over this article from the Friends Newsletter on their blog: Sweeping Labor Relati...
05/17/2020
Sweeping Labor Relations - The Fort Hunter Broom Factory Union Strike of 1906

#SundayReads - take a moment and read over this article from the Friends Newsletter on their blog: Sweeping Labor Relations.

#Brooms #Factory #union #LaborRelations

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05/14/2020
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#ThrowbackThursday to this post from last year by NY State Parks & Historic Sites!
Check out this great Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Canalway Challenge promo video. Can you spot some glimpses of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!?

https://www.facebook.com/nystateparks/videos/675093496279467/
#TBT
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Ready for a new challenge? NY State Parks and Canals make a perfect combination. Set your goals and rack up the miles this year on the 524-mile NYS Canal System and 365-mile Erie Canalway Trail. Whether cycling, paddling, running, hiking or walking – reach your one-of-a-kind, personal mileage goal and discover all you can do along New York's canals! Sign up at https://eriecanalway.org/explore/challenge

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05/13/2020

#MinuteOfZen: A cool but beautiful day along the Schoharie Creek today. Windy yes, but take a moment to watch the water cascade and bright blue skies.

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05/12/2020
Found Dead in the Waters of the Erie Canal

#TuneTuesday - Let's give a listen to this original song, written and performed by Ron Burch titled, Found Dead in the Waters of the Erie Canal.

"In the late 1970s, when I worked at The Fort Plain Museum, I discovered in the document collection a coroner’s report dated (April?) 1877, signed by local physician Douglas Ayers. His son, btw, also Doug Ayers, was a local teacher and historian who lived until the late 20th c.

The report, handwritten as I recall, chronicled the death of "an unknown boy” who had been “found dead in the waters of the Erie Canal.” He had “suffocated and drowned” and “thus by misfortune was dead.”

I was struck by the flowery wording, typical of the period, and I thought the phrases sounded like the sentimental songs of the day. So, I made up a tune and set them to it, mostly in the first verse. “Unwept, unhonored, and [yet not] unsung" is from “The Lay of the Last Minstrel.” Sorry, Sir Walter.

Since Fort Plain was an Erie Canal town I thought I might find some use for the song someday. I never put it to use while I worked in Fort Plain - always meant to - but it’s nice to see that it occasionally finds utility these days.

Was the unknown boy a hoggee? There’s no way to tell for sure, I guess, but I always thought that possibility added interest to the incident.

Cheers -
- Ron B."

The tune has heartfelt sadness as the coroner eloquently writes of the boys untimely demise. But perhaps there is a tenderness too that resonates within all of us.
Thank you Ron, for this amazing song and the permission to share it here on Facebook.

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Ron Burch: song is based on words found in an 1877 Coroner’s Report in the collections of the Fort Plain Museum

#ThrowBackThursday - For over 30 years, Janice provided interpretation and leadership at Schoharie Crossing State Histor...
05/07/2020

#ThrowBackThursday - For over 30 years, Janice provided interpretation and leadership at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Here, she is seen providing a tour for a family early in her career.

#TBT

05/05/2020

Live from Schoharie Crossing!

#MayTheFourthBeWithYouDay! Hey, it's also #MuseumMonday but we want to highlight these fun #MayThe4th images the Friends...
05/04/2020

#MayTheFourthBeWithYouDay!

Hey, it's also #MuseumMonday but we want to highlight these fun #MayThe4th images the Friends social media has used in recent years.

#MayThe4th #MayThe4thBeWithYou

04/30/2020
Quarantine Coffee Hour: Tom Grasso and Geological Obstacles Overcome by the Erie Canal

A truly amazing series of online programs being offered by the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse during this difficult time. Check out the one from earlier today, and you can go through their Youtube for past programs... but be sure to give them a Facebook Like (Y) and Follow if you don't already do so!
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site gets a wonderful shout out from Tom Grasso, president emeritus of the Canal Society of New York State.

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Today we are joined by Tom Grasso of the Canal Society of New York to discuss the geological obstacles that the Erie Canal had to overcome. Please join the d...

For #ThrowbackThursday this week... Let's take a trip back with Travis Bowman and his look at Epizooty!Bowman's research...
04/30/2020
When A Flu Reined In New York

For #ThrowbackThursday this week... Let's take a trip back with Travis Bowman and his look at Epizooty!

Bowman's research started as part of the Pathway to Empire exhibit content. Inspired by items in the Schoharie Crossing collection, his look at the the horse influenza has also been presented in program form at the site and other locations.

#TBT #ErieCanal #Covid19

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As we New Yorkers endure the COVID-19 pandemic, the natural question for historians is: how did people react to epidemics in the past? By now you may be aware of the 1918 influenza pandemic, which …

#WhereIsItWednesday - We haven't done one of these in a while so, let's give it a go!  Do you know where this is?  Leave...
04/29/2020

#WhereIsItWednesday - We haven't done one of these in a while so, let's give it a go! Do you know where this is?
Leave your answer in the comment section below and we'll reveal the location tomorrow!

04/27/2020
Empire Lock at Schoharie Crossing

Take a few moments to check out Empire Lock at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on this #MuseumMonday. While the exhibit, "Pathway to Empire," is in the Visitor Center... there is A LOT to see and discover on the site grounds! Come experience the trails and picnic areas while taking in the history and natural beauty of the Mohawk Valley!

#ErieCanal

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04/23/2020

Erie Canal Museum

#ThrowbackThursday Here's an unmailed postcard showing the barge "E. Thurston" and other canal boats moving between locks 29-30 on the Erie Canal in Fort Hunter, Montgomery County, New York. This item is from the Madden collection of the Canal Society of New York State collection. Navigation on the waterway will start again soon, we hope!

04/15/2020
3 Minutes of Zen Along the Creek at Schoharie Crossing

Take 3 minutes to relax and breathe as you view this video of the Schoharie Creek in front of the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center. Highlighted is the remnants of the Erie Canal dam that creates a small rift in the water. View the bridges that cross, the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct that carried the Erie Canal OVER the creek, and listen to the morning song birds!

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04/14/2020
E-Ri-E Canal w/ Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle

#TuneTuesday with Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle! Back in 2017, Cosby and Tom performed some great Erie Canal songs inside the Visitor Center here at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Check out this tune for Tuesday:

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Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle perform E-Ri-E at Schoharie Crossing on Sept. 30th, 2017. As part of their Erie Canal music program, this song and several others ...

A Totally Turtle-tastic #blogpost on the Naturetimes Blog by #NYSParks! NY State Parks & Historic Sites
04/12/2020
Spotted Turtles on the Move For Spring!

A Totally Turtle-tastic #blogpost on the Naturetimes Blog by #NYSParks!

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While we must stay put this season to help protect ourselves and those we love, other creatures here in New York are making their seasonal spring migrations. Among those are spotted turtles. These …

#FreeTimeFriday - Finding yourself with a little bit of free time lately? Maybe between all the hectic moments of homesc...
04/10/2020
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#FreeTimeFriday - Finding yourself with a little bit of free time lately? Maybe between all the hectic moments of homeschooling, avoiding the news, and making sure the neighbors dog is safely at home... why not give a read to some of the great articles on the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site #Blog? There are articles about dung, on the Aqueduct, about trail mix and geocaching, all the way to articles about Fort Hunter and digital archives.
Discover some great info, fun facts, and take your mind off the present for a few moments by looking at the past.

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04/08/2020
Yankee Hill Lock in Early Spring 2020

A recent stop in to Schoharie Crossing Yankee Hill Lock provides some sights and sounds of early spring along the old Erie Canal in the Mohawk Valley. Assisted by his 13 year old son, the site educator gives a few glimpses of the historic Lock and Putman Canal Store. Set to music performed by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, the stonework and canal prism are shown.

We hope to bring you more short videos like this as the weather warms and the skies brighten! Please share your favorite image of Yankee Hill Lock in the comments section.

Thank you to The 77th NY Regimental Balladeers for permission to use your recording of a Medley: Paddy Carrey's Fortune/Out The Ocean/The Kesh Jig from the album, "Come Dearest The Daylight Is Gone"

#WalkingWednesday #ErieCanal #MohawkValley

As the weather gets nicer, we ask that you continue to take precautions when recreating here at Schoharie Crossing State...
04/07/2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As the weather gets nicer, we ask that you continue to take precautions when recreating here at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. Please keep up to date on mandates and advisory steps issued by the CDC and NYS DOH with the link provided.
Our restroom amenities are not open and the playground is closed. The site trails remain open for socially-distant walking/hiking. Please be smart and keep 6 feet apart. Flatten the curve, be well and keep respectful of your fellow human beings.

All non-essential workers must continue to work from home and schools will be closed through April 29th.

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04/07/2020

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To help spread the word and keep parks and trails open:
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The Friends explore the 5 Ways to Spend Your Time at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on their blog. Read it here:
03/30/2020
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The Friends explore the 5 Ways to Spend Your Time at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on their blog. Read it here:

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Let's shoot for a fun #WaybackWednesday with this photo album from The Mohawk Valley Through the Lens Facebook group tha...
03/25/2020

Let's shoot for a fun #WaybackWednesday with this photo album from The Mohawk Valley Through the Lens Facebook group that was a collaboration in June of 2016. So, ok, it isn't really Waaaay back but these images and their captions are great! Check them out and let us all know what you think. Have you been to Empire Lock? Did you know some of the history already?

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My father and fellow MVTTL photographer Cliff Oram and I took a drive out to the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site to do a photographic study of the Enlarged Erie Canal's Empire Lock - Lock 29. We reached out to our friend David Brooks, the Education Director, and asked him if he would be interested in writing the captions to the photos. It was a fantastic day for hiking and picture taking. We explored the Empire Lock for quite a while.

The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is an amazing place to visit for those who have an interest in the history of New York's Canal System. It is the only spot in NYS that you can view remains of an original Erie Canal (Clinton's Ditch) lock, and an Enlarged Erie Canal lock side by side. The Modern Erie Canal runs just to the north of the site. We urge you to take the short drive and experience the history for yourselves! It is worth the trip!

The photos here were all taken by Cliff Oram and Gabe Oram of Mohawk Valley Through the Lens. The informative captions were written by David Brooks, Education Director for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is located at 129 Schoharie St in Fort Hunter, just off Route 5S

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is -as of the moment- still planning for the Visitor Center to re-open for the 20...
03/23/2020
Experience the Erie Canal at Schoharie Crossing | Exploring Upstate

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is -as of the moment- still planning for the Visitor Center to re-open for the 2020 season on May 1st. But, if you have missed us and can hardly wait, just read over this post from May of 2018 on the Exploring Upstate blog. You can get some warm fuzzys all over again.

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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Park is the only place in all of New York State where you can experience all three versions of the Erie Canal in one spot

03/23/2020
Schoharie Creek Aqueduct -Spring 2020

#MuseumMonday! Let's take a look at the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct (outside, and then inside)!
Check out this short video of the Aqueduct and how the model inside the Pathway to Empire exhibit demonstrates how it would have looked in operation c. 1905.

Footage from Sunday, March 22, 2020 of the remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and the aqueduct model inside the Pathway to Empire exhibit at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter, NY.

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129 Schoharie St - PO Box 140
Fort Hunter, NY
12069

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Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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Are the picnic tables and/or "cooking grills " set up at Putmans Store? Thanks
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We showed up for the guided walk today and there was no guide. We made our own walk with the other people that were also waiting for the guide.
About an hour ago on Lock 12. So peaceful here.
About an hour ago. So quiet and peaceful here.
So glad to know about yet another Erie Canal site to be visited. I don't think we stopped here when I biked the Erie Canal in 2014 with Parks & Trails NY. I hope the bike tour stops here this year.
Have an awesome 2018 Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site!
Flurries at Yankee Hill Lock
Picked up our coins for the 2017 Saratoga-Capital District geocache challenge yesterday. We love the picture on the coins and hope that everyone that is taking part in the challenge has the chance to visit the site pictured on the coin.
Had a wonderful time this weekend on the Erie Canal Cruise. Thank you Schoharie State Historic Site for the opportunity to win the tickets at the scavenger hunt.
Thanks for all the work you do to preserve our state's heritage!
I LOVE ART! Thank-you to all that came to support the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitors Center "Views and Vista's" artist reception yesterday! The show is opened until August 20. You can friend Schoharie Crossing on FACEBOOK for dates and times. We had great turn out, and great food, local wines, music, and good company. The breeze that blew through the windows of Schoharie Crossings newly renovated visitors center was so magical, when coupled with the sun light that was pouring into the gallery. I was also totally blown away by the fact that Schoharie Crossing Historic State Site printed up a calendar for this "Views and Vistas" art show opening, and again, selected my photography "Reflections " for inclusion in their 2018 calendar. Schoharie Crossing Visitors Center knows how to throw a classy art show and reception! Thank-you!