Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark

Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark We are closed for the 2020 season. Plan now to return next year when we hope to re-open from May 15 through October 15. Located at the corner of Routes 5 & 67, Fort Johnson, NY - one mile west of Amsterdam, NY Thruway I-90 exit 27.
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Mission: The mission of the Montgomery County Historical Society is to preserve, exhibit and interpret the collections, structures and furnishings held by MCHS at Old Fort Johnson (built in 1749 by William Johnson) and to provide for professional scholarship and historical programming on the culture and history of Montgomery County and the Mohawk Valley with special emphasis on Sir William Johnson, Baronet of New York.

Operating as usual

End of the month, end of our construction - new trees are planted, grass is seeded, and the parking lot is complete.  Al...
09/30/2020

End of the month, end of our construction - new trees are planted, grass is seeded, and the parking lot is complete. All that’s missing are the new hand rails and more rain to get everything settled in. Tomorrow we’ll start preparing the garden for winter, even though the bees are still busy with fall flowers. It's been a strange year without visitors. We look forward to reopening next spring!

Our bridge is back in place!  The flood walls are finished and the sidewalks have been poured. Now they are bringing in ...
09/17/2020

Our bridge is back in place! The flood walls are finished and the sidewalks have been poured. Now they are bringing in topsoil to finish the grading. Elsewhere, Scott has repainted the Visitor Center entrance and we have a new bench for our garden.

Update on construction after a rainy week: The creek is back within its banks. The flood wall is complete. They are work...
09/05/2020

Update on construction after a rainy week: The creek is back within its banks. The flood wall is complete. They are working on our new sidewalks, and look - No big step at the back door!

Support the Fort and the environment!  Montgomery County Historical Society will get $1 for every Reusable bag you buy a...
09/04/2020

Support the Fort and the environment! Montgomery County Historical Society will get $1 for every Reusable bag you buy at Hannaford's in Amsterdam during the month of September.

Construction is moving ahead on schedule. The excavators are almost finished placing rip rap along our stream banks and ...
08/21/2020

Construction is moving ahead on schedule. The excavators are almost finished placing rip rap along our stream banks and the first section of the new concrete floodwall is poured. Crews are installing catch basins and storm drains, while the sidewalk to the back of the fort is starting to take shape. This team is great!

Tropical Storm Isaias blew through on Tuesday with 2.86” of rain. Even incomplete, our new stream profile easily handled...
08/08/2020

Tropical Storm Isaias blew through on Tuesday with 2.86” of rain. Even incomplete, our new stream profile easily handled the extra water. Crews quickly returned to work and by week’s end, we have our new concrete bridge abutments and wing walls in place.

After the rain, the garden is bursting with color today! It was a perfect spot to meet for our luncheon events committee...
08/05/2020

After the rain, the garden is bursting with color today! It was a perfect spot to meet for our luncheon events committee meeting. Even while the fort is closed during our flood reconstruction, we are looking ahead to future events and activities.

This week at the Fort: work continues on shaping the creek banks & new bridge supports. Scott's been busy making officia...
08/02/2020

This week at the Fort: work continues on shaping the creek banks & new bridge supports. Scott's been busy making official MCHS safety gear, recreating the old lattice panels under the visitor center porch & reattaching the floorboards. We're making progress!

and a Construction Update: The stream banks are returning to a more natural profile and new concrete bridge abutments wi...
07/25/2020

and a Construction Update: The stream banks are returning to a more natural profile and new concrete bridge abutments will be poured next week. Work can proceed in the bed of the stream because CFI Construction is pumping the creek around the project area. Their amazing pump uses sonar sensors to adjust to ever-changing water levels so pop-up thunderstorms are never a problem.

A walk through the garden today.
07/24/2020

A walk through the garden today.

Construction moved into full gear at the Fort this week.  The concrete piers for our pedestrian bridge were removed, and...
07/19/2020

Construction moved into full gear at the Fort this week. The concrete piers for our pedestrian bridge were removed, and the eastern flood walls have mostly been removed. Without the vines and sumac, you can now clearly see the broken section of the western flood walls. Workers have also installed pipes that will divert the creek waters when the machines work in the creek bed next week.

07/15/2020

A musical summation of what's been happening at Old Fort Johnson during the Spring and early Summer months.

RIP Sir William!
07/11/2020

RIP Sir William!

On this day in 1774, Sir William Johnson passed away at the age of 59. Sir William spent his last day carrying out his duties as Superintendent of Indian Affairs, presiding over a council with the Six Nations on the grounds of Johnson Hall. In a letter penned on July 22nd, Guy Johnson, Sir William’s nephew, recalled his uncle’s declining health on the day of his death,

“…when that worthy man was, thro’ the Fatigues occasioned by the late general Congress…very much indisposed; he nevertheless continued all that day to do Business with them, but in the Evening was seized with a Relapse, which carried him off in a Fit that night.”

Sir William’s funeral two days later exhibited the considerable influence he wielded in the colonial world. In addition to his family, prominent colonial leaders and Haudenosaunee chiefs and sachems participated in the procession from Johnson Hall to St. John’s Church. His peers and friends, including Governor William Franklin, Judge Robert Livingston, and James Duane, honored Sir William by serving as pall bearers.

Image: Sir William Johnson by Matthew Pratt, 1771.

Quote: Guy Johnson to John Penn, July 22nd, 1774, in The Papers of Sir William Johnson Volume 8. Albany: The University of the State of New York, 1933.

Moving our footbridge & foundation to make room for the creek work.  The bridge will be safely stored on site until the ...
07/11/2020

Moving our footbridge & foundation to make room for the creek work. The bridge will be safely stored on site until the new abutments are completed.

It is finally underway!  CFI Construction has arrived on site to begin the reconstruction of our collapsed flood walls. ...
07/09/2020

It is finally underway! CFI Construction has arrived on site to begin the reconstruction of our collapsed flood walls. The project area has been fenced off and lots of big boy toys are arriving every day....

A belated update on the Porch Project: our dedicated crew showed up in a drizzly rain at the end of June to reset the be...
07/05/2020

A belated update on the Porch Project: our dedicated crew showed up in a drizzly rain at the end of June to reset the beams and columns on our last major workday. See the captions for details. Now it's just a matter of paint & a few more floorboards before it is safe again!

07/05/2020

Is the visitor center porch repair completed? That corner of the porch was where I usually sat when having a Pimm's Drink. I guess if it had collapsed, I wouldn't have noticed!

And the winner of our Virtual Tea Raffle Basket is Robert & Florence Grimm in the Town of Florida. Anne DeGroff won a bo...
07/02/2020

And the winner of our Virtual Tea Raffle Basket is Robert & Florence Grimm in the Town of Florida. Anne DeGroff won a bouquet of flowers from the Old Fort Johnson gardens.

Thank you everyone for your incredible support of our Virtual Tea Party. You helped us replace all the income normally generated by our Summer Garden Teas. We are so grateful, but honestly, we miss seeing you here! Stay well & we'll share that cuppa tea next year...

One of the nicest things about a Virtual Tea is that it never gets rained out! Thank you to all who have donated to this...
06/30/2020

One of the nicest things about a Virtual Tea is that it never gets rained out! Thank you to all who have donated to this fundraiser.

All donations made before midnight tonight will be in the drawing for a raffle basket of Old Fort Johnson tea goodies (Give online at this link: https://www.oldfortjohnson.org/events)

06/30/2020

The old Fort is going to come through this pandemic looking better than ever...I will miss the trees though, and I don't think I'll be around to see mature new ones. I think I see in the photos that Scott repaired/replaced the cellar entrance doors on the Fort. Like I said previously, the Fort is going to be putting on a new face for the public when it reopens. I think a rededication party is in order. I wish I could be there to help with all of this "sprucing up!" I've always had such good times there when I volunteer. These are the "best of the best" people who work and volunteer here. Come join us sometime and have the time of your life.

Today’s flower tour at the Old Fort. Our garden volunteers were busy weeding and trimming back some of the perennials. F...
06/26/2020

Today’s flower tour at the Old Fort. Our garden volunteers were busy weeding and trimming back some of the perennials. First we garden - then we stop for afternoon tea!

The Saturday Porch Project continues... Two weeks ago the crew wore their plaids to stay warm and last week it was teesh...
06/26/2020

The Saturday Porch Project continues... Two weeks ago the crew wore their plaids to stay warm and last week it was teeshirts for digging in the blistering heat. The carpenter ants are no match for Scott Haefner, Peter Betz, Ryan Weitz and Ron Burch. We now have new beams and fresh concrete piers. Almost there!

Old Fort Johnson will not be open this summer because of flood mitigation work on our grounds. We won’t be able to hold ...
06/17/2020

Old Fort Johnson will not be open this summer because of flood mitigation work on our grounds. We won’t be able to hold any of the events that normally raise funds to preserve Sir William Johnson’s 1749 home.

Please help us replace this lost income. Your generous donation will help the Montgomery County Historical Society maintain Old Fort Johnson and our collections. We’re working hard while closed to assure that we open next year stronger than ever with more educational programs & great events.

Join us at a Virtual Tea Party to support Old Fort Johnson. Enjoy a cup of tea in the comfort of your own home or garden this month. Send us a photo of your tea party to post on our page. It’s that easy!

And, since there’s always a raffle at our teas, all donations received by June 30 will be entered to win a special Virtual Tea gift basket of goodies. Thank you for your support!

Another work day in the garden
06/05/2020

Another work day in the garden

Today’s view of the gardens.
05/28/2020

Today’s view of the gardens.

Calling all gardeners! Our next session of “social distance gardening” at the Old Fort will be on Thursday, May 21 begin...
05/19/2020

Calling all gardeners! Our next session of “social distance gardening” at the Old Fort will be on Thursday, May 21 beginning at 9:30 am. If you’d like to help with weeding and other garden chores please join us.

We’re out in the garden today! Come on down and join us. Nothing like fresh air, exercise and weeding with friends.
05/13/2020

We’re out in the garden today! Come on down and join us. Nothing like fresh air, exercise and weeding with friends.

We’ve been at it again-social distance gardening today at the fort. We have lots of transplanting to do in the garden as...
05/05/2020

We’ve been at it again-social distance gardening today at the fort.
We have lots of transplanting to do in the garden as we prepare for the flood remediation project to get started. Stay tuned for updates as things get underway.

05/01/2020

“April was the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”

(with apologies to T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, for the small edit)

Address

2 Mergner Rd
Fort Johnson, NY
12070

General information

CLOSED for the 2020 SEASON REOPEN MAY 2021 (Wed-Sat 10:00am-4:00pm, Sun 1:00-5:00pm) Admission $5.00 for adults; kids under 12 are free.

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Great talk last night by Dan Weaver. I was sorry to hear this ended lectures for the season. I'm looking forward to next year !
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Wishing everyone at Old Fort Johnson and the Montgomery County Historical Society a wonderful 2018!
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Greetings! We may be traveling to the area next weekend to view a property for sale in the area and I am wondering who to contact to find out tthe history of it. The property we will be looking at iis 806 River Road built in 1804...any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!