Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark website: www.oldfortjohnson.org
Located at the corner of Routes 5 & 67, Fort Johnson, NY - one mile west of Amsterdam, NY Thruway I-90 exit 27. email - [email protected]

Bat and Trap is an ancient game originating in the area of Kent, England. It is played between two teams of 8 persons on...
07/13/2019

Bat and Trap is an ancient game originating in the area of Kent, England. It is played between two teams of 8 persons on a grassed pitch. Bat and Trap fields were traditionally located behind taverns such as this illustration showing a game played at the Black Prince Tavern in Newington Butts, now a suburb of London, in 1764. It is one of the tavern games we will have at Old Fort Johnson’s Colonial Tavern Night on Friday July 19.

How to Play:
Only one player bats at a time. To start, the batsman stands beside the trap and knocks the lever down smartly with his bat which shoots the ball upwards where it can be hit with the bat. The batsman is allowed 3 attempts to shoot the ball to a sufficient height to be struck but as soon as a swing is made at the ball, the strike is deemed to have been taken. The objective is to strike the ball so that it passes between two white posts. If the batsman misses the ball or the ball does not manage to cross the line between the two posts or if the ball passes over the line at a higher altitude than the top of the posts, the batsman is "Knocked Out". Behind and between the two white posts, the opposing or fielding team stand in a line ready to field the ball. The fielders must remain behind the line but should the ball be caught by one of the fielders before touching the ground, the batsman is "Caught Out".
After this, the bowling half of the turn begins. This is simply a chance for one of the fielders to throw the ball back down the pitch at the target flap at the front of the trap. The fielding side take turns to bowl so that each fielder bowls only once every 8 balls and the bowler must keep one foot behind the line between the posts at all times. The batsman can do nothing to prevent the ball hitting the wicket and must stand to one side while the ball is hurled. If the ball knocks the target so that it is knocked backwards and hits the ground, the batsman is "Bowled Out". If the bowler does not manage to knock down the target, the batsman scores one run, collects the ball and starts the process over again.

It’s TEA TIME at the Old Fort this afternoon!
07/09/2019

It’s TEA TIME at the Old Fort this afternoon!

It's time to start making plans for July...
06/27/2019

It's time to start making plans for July...

TONIGHT!  Scots-Irish Immigration on the Old New York Frontier - 6:30 pm in the west parlor of Old Fort Johnson.Terry Mc...
06/19/2019

TONIGHT! Scots-Irish Immigration on the Old New York Frontier - 6:30 pm in the west parlor of Old Fort Johnson.
Terry McMaster, independent historian, follows the settlement patterns of Ulster Scots who left northern Ireland for religious and economic liberty in America.

Ulster Scots originated in the Lowlands of Scotland and migrated to northern Ireland before coming on to the American colonies. Clannish, family-oriented and usually Presbyterians, they settled in New England but soon disagreed with Boston Puritans who urged them to move onward.

These “northern dissenters” began to migrate into the eastern Mohawk Valley by 1740, settling areas such as Princetown, Florida, Cherry Valley and Unadilla. Their interwoven family histories, ethnicity and religion would create hotbeds of rebellion that had a sizable impact on the American Revolution.

Terry McMaster is an independent historian who has extensively studied the settlement of the western frontier borderlands of colonial New York by Scots-Irish settlers. His research follows the immigration patterns to focus on the impact of ethnic differences and religious affiliation in the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley.

Tea in the Garden at Old Fort Johnson-
06/12/2019

Tea in the Garden at Old Fort Johnson-

Our gardeners are taking full advantage of a rare sunny day to get some much-needed work done in the gardens. Great job ...
06/07/2019

Our gardeners are taking full advantage of a rare sunny day to get some much-needed work done in the gardens. Great job guys!
The peonies are just coming into bloom along with lots of other beautiful perennials.

Summer is here and nothing is more enjoyable than TEA IN THE GARDEN at the Old Fort. Our colonial costumed volunteers wi...
06/06/2019

Summer is here and nothing is more enjoyable than TEA IN THE GARDEN at the Old Fort. Our colonial costumed volunteers will serve you a delicious assortment of homemade tea sandwiches, breads, scones, and pastries. Our first tea is this coming Tuesday, June 11 at 1 pm. We still have a few seats available- reservations can be made by calling 518 843-0300. This event books up quickly so don’t miss out!

TOMORROW NIGHT !!! Thursday June,6 at 7pm the Glen Conservancy is beginning their summer film festival with a showing of...
06/05/2019
The Glen Conservancy

TOMORROW NIGHT !!! Thursday June,6 at 7pm the Glen Conservancy is beginning their summer film festival with a showing of the 1928 Charlie Chaplin classic silent film; The Circus.
The Circus won Charles Chaplin his first Academy Award, in 1929. It's the story of a tramp who evades police by hiding in a circus, where he proves to be a hilarious act. Trouble is, he can't seem to be funny on purpose.
Join us tomorrow at the Glen Conservancy Hall, 1538 Mill Point Rd., Glen, NY 12070. Their website is: https://glenconservancy.com/

The Circus won Charles Chaplin his first Academy Award, in 1929. It's the story of a tramp who evades police by hiding in a circus, where he proves to be a hilarious act. Trouble is, he can't seem to be funny on purpose. We're showing this silent classic in all its black-and-white glory, with popcor...

We’ve been busy today with a great group of 7th grade students from Ichabod Crane Middle School. They spent the day at...
06/03/2019

We’ve been busy today with a great group of 7th grade students from Ichabod Crane Middle School. They spent the day at the Old Fort participating in lots of fun colonial activities!

Don't forget this event on this coming Saturday, the 8th.
06/02/2019

Don't forget this event on this coming Saturday, the 8th.

Return to the fabulous days of yesteryear when every bustling village had an opera house and traveling performers deligh...
05/30/2019

Return to the fabulous days of yesteryear when every bustling village had an opera house and traveling performers delighted audiences with popular songs like "Bonnie Eloise" & "Bright Mohawk Valley" (both with local roots!)

This Friday night at 7:00 pm, Byron Nilsson & Malcolm Kogut will present "Songs along the Mohawk" at Old Fort Johnson. Their cabaret-style entertainment includes Erie Canal songs, vaudeville numbers, temperance ditties, and even some of those Victorian-era ballads in which people dropped dead for no apparent reason.

Along the way, there will be exaggeration, parody, instructional ballads, and songs where everyone can sing along. Singer & actor Byron Nilsson has performed with the Lake George Opera, Syracuse Opera, Musicians of Ma'alwyck and others. Pianist Malcolm Kogut is skilled in both popular and sacred music, playing in churches and theater pits throughout the Capital District.

This concert is made possible by a Saratoga Arts Individual Artist Grant funded by the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Donations at the door will benefit the Old Fort's Raise the Roof Restoration Fund.

In early 1918, during World War 1, the Montgomery County Historical Society made preparations to honor the members of th...
05/25/2019

In early 1918, during World War 1, the Montgomery County Historical Society made preparations to honor the members of the Society who were serving in various branches of the national military service. A mahogany tablet was first unveiled at the Annual Meeting on June 28, 1918. It originally contained 74 names and others were added as the war went on.

At the dedication, the President of the Historical Society, Mrs. Estelle D. Greene, said: “We have gathered today, in this historic house, to pay homage to the young men of our Society whose names are to go down in Mohawk Valley history as upholding the mighty pillars of civilization. We are not honoring them, they have honored us.”

On May 30, 1922 a permanent bronze tablet was unveiled at Fort Johnson containing the names of 85 members of the Montgomery County Historical Society who were in military service during the First World War. The tablet was cast from pieces of a bell which was originally used by Sir William Johnson at Johnson Hall.

We honor all of our members and friends, past and present, who have served in the armed forces and wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. Scott Haefner

We hosted another great group of Amsterdam students at the Old Fort today for our Colonial life program. They learned ab...
05/20/2019

We hosted another great group of Amsterdam students at the Old Fort today for our Colonial life program. They learned about Sir William Johnson, toured his house, baked at the bake oven, made candles, heard about life in the militia and learned to write with quill pens.

The Old Fort is officially open for the 2019 season and we welcomed our first group of students for our educational prog...
05/16/2019

The Old Fort is officially open for the 2019 season and we welcomed our first group of students for our educational programming. We were glad to have a sunny, warm day and a great group of kids.

Hello to all our Facebook friends, we have officially opened today for regular tour hours, our 113th tour season! Below ...
05/16/2019

Hello to all our Facebook friends, we have officially opened today for regular tour hours, our 113th tour season! Below is a page from our visitor book for this week in 1919, one hundred years ago. We only had one visitor today back then, but the total for the month of May 1919 was 250 visitors. Please stop by this year and sign the guest book and you can become a part of our history like J. M. Keevy of Waynesboro, PA
Scott Haefner

05/15/2019

Put this upcoming event on your to-do list.

We had a great day working in the garden today! Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help.
05/04/2019

We had a great day working in the garden today! Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help.

It's time to come out of hibernation! Join us this Saturday morning for our Annual Spring Cleanup in the Garden starting...
05/01/2019

It's time to come out of hibernation! Join us this Saturday morning for our Annual Spring Cleanup in the Garden starting at 9:00 am. Lunch provided. Bring your own tools - we'll mostly be raking out the beds.

Old Fort Holiday Tea served today by our wonderful volunteers - A beautiful, festive, and delicious start to the holiday...
12/01/2018

Old Fort Holiday Tea served today by our wonderful volunteers - A beautiful, festive, and delicious start to the holidays!

William Johnson posed with some friends at our Holiday Open House - Thank you to Rachelle Cotugno and the Liaisons Plais...
11/28/2018

William Johnson posed with some friends at our Holiday Open House - Thank you to Rachelle Cotugno and the Liaisons Plaisantes for providing beautiful music all afternoon, and to the volunteers and visitors who helped us celebrate the beginning of the holiday season!

11/20/2018
11/19/2018
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For those of you who missed the recent "Ghosts of the Past" event, here it is in its entirety. There are some issues with the video being dark, as we had a problem with lighting. The audio is fine.

We spent the day decorating and the Old Fort is starting to look very festive in preparation for the Holiday Open House ...
11/18/2018

We spent the day decorating and the Old Fort is starting to look very festive in preparation for the Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 24, 1-5 pm.

We invite you to join us to enjoy our holiday decorations and live music along with an expanded holiday gift shop hot mulled cider and cookies.

11/09/2018

It may be snowing on the hills tonight, but so far it is mostly rain at the fort. We will still meet for our Fall Work Day tomorrow, beginning at 10:00 am. There is furniture to move indoors, and food to eat. And if the sun comes out, we can finish cleaning up those flower beds and rake leaves before lunch. Come join us!

Local royalty were seen at our Harvest Festival - even princesses enjoy making apple cider & eating fresh-baked pastries...
10/17/2018

Local royalty were seen at our Harvest Festival - even princesses enjoy making apple cider & eating fresh-baked pastries! Thanks to all who came out for a great day at Old Fort Johnson!

These girls soaked up every second of this past weekend!! This weekend was filled with fun, learning, friends, and new experiences. Thank you to the volunteers at Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark for organizing a fun Fall Harvest and teaching all the attendees how to make yummy fall treats 🍂🍎 Another thank you to all those who participated in the Broadalbin Big Rig Day! 🚚So many new experiences this weekend and so many more to look forward to!! 👑

The cider is flowing and any minute now we will have hot Chelsea Buns fresh from the bake oven.  Come on down!
10/13/2018

The cider is flowing and any minute now we will have hot Chelsea Buns fresh from the bake oven. Come on down!

This Saturday - October 13, 10:00-4:00 pm - come help make fresh apple cider, tour the fort, and meet our Master Baker a...
10/12/2018

This Saturday - October 13, 10:00-4:00 pm - come help make fresh apple cider, tour the fort, and meet our Master Baker and Cookbook Author David Manthey. We've saved the best for the last of our season!

A few more photos from Saturday's Taste of History - by the end of the night, we managed to sample most of 13 pots of so...
09/24/2018

A few more photos from Saturday's Taste of History - by the end of the night, we managed to sample most of 13 pots of soup, 15+ loaves of bread, 300+ slices of 15 kinds of pie and gallons of hot coffee & iced raspberry tea. Thank you to all who came out to support the Fort, and our wonderful volunteer cooks, servers and helpers!

Ready. . .set. . .SOUP!  Come and join us tonight, starting at 5:30 pm, for our annual “Taste of History” soup tasti...
09/22/2018

Ready. . .set. . .SOUP! Come and join us tonight, starting at 5:30 pm, for our annual “Taste of History” soup tasting fundraiser. . . more than a dozen delicious soups, pies, homemade breads, and a souvenir mug to take home.

Invite your friends, make room in your tummy - The homemade soups, bread and pies of our Taste of History is only 8 days...
09/14/2018

Invite your friends, make room in your tummy - The homemade soups, bread and pies of our Taste of History is only 8 days away!

This photo may not be that great, but the World War I music was!  Thanks again to Carle Kopecky, Diane Baltazar, Ron Bur...
09/13/2018

This photo may not be that great, but the World War I music was! Thanks again to Carle Kopecky, Diane Baltazar, Ron Burch and Gisella Montanez-Case for filling our parlor with the sounds of 1918.

Only one more day before we celebrate the music of World War I at our Annual Meeting! Join members of the Montgomery Cou...
09/11/2018

Only one more day before we celebrate the music of World War I at our Annual Meeting! Join members of the Montgomery County Historical Society as we welcome Carle Kopecky, Ron Burch, Diane Baltazar & Gisella Montanez-Case for a program of both familiar and less-well-known tunes from 1918. Wednesday Sept 12 at 6:30 pm in the parlors of Old Fort Johnson.

Tonight @ 6:30 pm: “Ladies of the Mohawk Valley: Molly Brant, Clarissa Putman and Others”      Our August Evening at...
08/15/2018

Tonight @ 6:30 pm: “Ladies of the Mohawk Valley: Molly Brant, Clarissa Putman and Others”
Our August Evening at the Old Fort speaker has traced Clarissa Putman’s Mohawk ancestry for the first time, as well as Molly Brant’s family tree. Paul Gorgen looks at the links between Clarissa and Molly and their ties into the local Dutch and Mohawk populations of the Colonial Mohawk Valley. This talk is based on his article published in the October 2017 issue of Iroquoia Journal.
Paul Gorgen is a freelance writer and researcher who was born and raised in the Mohawk Valley. He is currently studying the Mohawk language and serving on the board of directors at the Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community in Fonda, NY.
The presentation begins at 6:30 pm inside the Fort. Admission is $2.00, free for members of Montgomery County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

08/14/2018

Since the rain rain won't go away, we're having our garden tea in the house today. At least the flowers are happy!

It is a beautiful night to be out in the garden! Join us at 6:30 for our Evening at the Old Fort talk with Betty Pillsbu...
07/18/2018

It is a beautiful night to be out in the garden! Join us at 6:30 for our Evening at the Old Fort talk with Betty Pillsbury "Natural Cures from Your Garden"

A perfect summer afternoon for Tea in the Garden at Old Fort Johnson today.
07/10/2018

A perfect summer afternoon for Tea in the Garden at Old Fort Johnson today.

The tents are up and the breeze is blowing - less than two hours before the beer starts flowing!
06/29/2018

The tents are up and the breeze is blowing - less than two hours before the beer starts flowing!

It’s exactly 280 years since the young William Johnson first arrived in the Mohawk Valley. Help celebrate with a taver...
06/23/2018

It’s exactly 280 years since the young William Johnson first arrived in the Mohawk Valley. Help celebrate with a tavern night on the lawn of his 1749 house – featuring Wolf Hollow Brewery craft beers, locally smoked BBQ and a variety of 18th century games.

Ready for a round of Bat & Trap? Up for the challenge of Nine Men’s Morris or Fox & Geese? Missing the taste of Brunette’s Revenge?

Come join us Friday, June 29, from 5:30-9:00 pm in Fort Johnson NY. $25 admission includes beer or ice tea, pulled pork BBQ dinner, games and a souvenir glass. Must be 21 or older to drink beer.

Proceeds benefit Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark - 1749 home of Sir William Johnson, Baronet of New York & British Commissioner of Native American Affairs

TIme's running out! Buy your tickets now for next Friday's event!  See you there....
06/20/2018

TIme's running out! Buy your tickets now for next Friday's event! See you there....

"Sammy Doughboy Remembers"  Relive the sights, places and events of World War One as experienced by soldiers from New Yo...
06/19/2018

"Sammy Doughboy Remembers" Relive the sights, places and events of World War One as experienced by soldiers from New York State. Robert E. Mulligan, Jr. retired NYS Museum Curator of Military History, brings the First World War to this month's Evening @ Old Fort Johnson - Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.

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2 Mergner Rd
Fort Johnson, NY
12070

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OPEN MAY 17- OCT 15 (Wed-Sat tours begin at 10:00 am, last tour @ 3:00 pm) (Sun tours begin @ 1:00 pm, last tour @ 4:00 pm) - Admission Donation is $4.00 for adults and kids under 12 are free.

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