James Burk's Inn

James Burk's Inn The Burk Inn was built in 1765 and is now in need of some repairs. This page is dedicated to sharing the Burk's colorful past and ensuring its future.
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The original structure of the James Burk Inn (Jimmy Burk Inn) was built in 1765 by Sir William Johnson for his surveyor, Robert Picken. In 1788, the building was relocated to its present location at 200 South William Street and opened as inn by James Burk. The Younglove family purchased it in 1812 and owned it until 1925. It was purchased at that time by the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Society. In 2014, the Johnstown Historical Society received the title to the James Burk Inn.

07/08/2020
Best trick EVER to read old Gravestones given by a stone carver!

Absolutely fascinating- so simple yet so effective , and it is totally safe for these amazing old stones :-)

We are all guilty of trying every trick in the book to read old gravestones. Almost all of these methods can over time harm the stone. This is a hands off ap...

Happy Independence Day from the Burk Inn!
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day from the Burk Inn!

Doing a bit of cleaning today...and trying to stay near the fans while doing it. 🥵Hope you are all enjoying the day and ...
06/23/2020

Doing a bit of cleaning today...and trying to stay near the fans while doing it. 🥵
Hope you are all enjoying the day and finding pleasant ways to keep cool!

Happy Father’s Day!!!😁
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day!!!
😁

Happy Mother’s Day!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy May Day from all of us at the Inn! Looking forward to brighter days ahead. We miss you and hope you are well!
05/01/2020

Happy May Day from all of us at the Inn! Looking forward to brighter days ahead. We miss you and hope you are well!

04/12/2020
Had some ‘visitors’ at the Inn today. 😉
04/12/2020

Had some ‘visitors’ at the Inn today. 😉

Dreaming of brighter days ahead...While we miss you all terribly and are quite saddened by the changes in what was going...
03/28/2020

Dreaming of brighter days ahead...
While we miss you all terribly and are quite saddened by the changes in what was going to be a busy and fun-filled spring...Your health comes first. Stay tuned as we post many wonderful events once it is safe for us to gather again...
Until then - A huge thanks to all those brave folks that must be in the midst of all this. Hang in there to the parents teaching their kiddos. And for those of us who can...Stay safe. Stay home. Wash those hands (you will need them to raise a celebratory glass later 😉 ) and Be Well!!!

03/08/2020
Valley History Alliance/Burning of the Valleys Military Association

Not only did we have a great workshop, but we also had some FANTASTIC scones to sample! Stay tuned for details on our upcoming Suffrage Tea and the incredible event menu!

Had a great time at our hat workshop today! The Burk was alive with activity and 10 new 18thcentury hats were welcomed into the world! Many thanks to Wade Wells , Paul Supley and Bernadette Weaver.

We are so fortunate to have our original sign at Inn - and we are working on creating an image of what it looked like be...
02/19/2020
Empire Explorer

We are so fortunate to have our original sign at Inn - and we are working on creating an image of what it looked like before the colour faded. So exciting!
These signs are amazing!

Between 1750 and 1850, more than 50,000 tavern signs were produced by American painters, but today, most of these signs are lost and gone. Check out this collection where more than 60 examples of this early American folk art survive!

Happy Valentines Day from James Burk’s Inn! Hope your day is filled with love! 🥰
02/14/2020

Happy Valentines Day from James Burk’s Inn! Hope your day is filled with love! 🥰

As I was using stork scissors for my embroidery at our sewing day last Saturday...this post seemed a good one to share. ...
02/04/2020

As I was using stork scissors for my embroidery at our sewing day last Saturday...this post seemed a good one to share.
Who knew that those little scissors had such an interesting history!

Have you ever wondered why embroidery scissors are shaped like storks? Well, these scissors didn't actually start out as scissors, but as umbilical clamps. Sometimes, the clamps would be used with a set of forceps shaped like snakes. Why snakes? To symbolise the Rod of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine.

Between the 19th century and now, these little stork scissors have gone through some really big changes. In the past, most of them were between four and a half to six inches long, with their heads mounted at almost a 45-degree angle. The beaks were heavy clamps not meant to cut, but to restrict the blood flow before the umbilical was cut. Some even had little babies hidden inside the stork's beak that would appear when the clamps were opened.

The midwives began to use the scissors for needlework that they carried with them to work on during long waiting times when babies were being born.

Who knew these scissors had such a long history that started with delivering babies? The Smithsonian has a medical bag on display with a pair of stork scissors, in their American History Collection.
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01/20/2020

Our basket workshop on 1/25/20 is filled!
Thanks to all who have signed up. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!!!

Still some spots left! Don’t miss a chance to learn a new skill, create something beautiful, and spend a fun day with wo...
01/17/2020

Still some spots left! Don’t miss a chance to learn a new skill, create something beautiful, and spend a fun day with wonderful people!

This is going to be another fun event at the Inn! Class size is limited and will fill up quickly, so make sure to contact Anne to register and reserve your spot!

This is going to be another fun event at the Inn! Class size is limited and will fill up quickly, so make sure to contac...
01/04/2020

This is going to be another fun event at the Inn! Class size is limited and will fill up quickly, so make sure to contact Anne to register and reserve your spot!

Happy New Year from Betsey and the Burk Inn!(Translated: Happy journey into the New Year!)
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from Betsey and the Burk Inn!
(Translated: Happy journey into the New Year!)

12/31/2019
Sewing days are the best!
12/27/2019

Sewing days are the best!

Bring out your unfinished projects or start something new! The VHA/BVMA will hold our 1st sewing day of the new year on Saturday January 11,2020.
The location is the James Burk Inn 200 south William St. johnstown,NY.
10am-4pm
Donation $5.00 per person ( $10 per family )
Everyone is welcome.
Bring a lunch. Beverages will be available.

Merry Christmas from James Burk’s Inn! We hope your day is filled with joy and spent with those dear to you!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from James Burk’s Inn! We hope your day is filled with joy and spent with those dear to you!

Some photos from our wonderful Stories with Santa event!
12/20/2019

Some photos from our wonderful Stories with Santa event!

Our hearts are heavy today as we bid farewell to our dear friend Joanne Mamjo Freeman. You were unequalled in your dedic...
12/17/2019

Our hearts are heavy today as we bid farewell to our dear friend Joanne Mamjo Freeman. You were unequalled in your dedication to everything you were involved in. You were a faithful friend, a fierce protector, a staunch supporter, a tireless helper, and a woman with a wicked sense of humour. Many glasses will be raised to you at many events, by people whose lives you have forever enriched. Your laughter and good heart will be felt forever at the Burk. Rest well, darling lady. ❤️

12/17/2019

Due to the inclement weather, the Johnstown Historical Society Meeting scheduled for tonight at the Burk has been cancelled.
Stay safe everyone! Next meeting date TBA.

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Christmas event fantastic again this year!  So many volunteers, sponsors, and ...
12/06/2019

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Christmas event fantastic again this year! So many volunteers, sponsors, and patrons to thank! We could not do it without you!!!

Olde World Christmas 2019
12/06/2019

Olde World Christmas 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Betsey and all of us here at James Burk’s Inn! See you on Saturday at 5pm!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from Betsey and all of us here at James Burk’s Inn! See you on Saturday at 5pm!

11/26/2019

Taped my first radio spot ever with Tom Roehl on WENT 1340. Listen for me at 12:15 and 5:15p today.
What a nice guy Tom is !

An interesting read. We love seeing how things line up.
11/25/2019
Rip van Winkle from Mohawk Valley some Say (History)

An interesting read. We love seeing how things line up.

Washington Irving’s famous story, “Rip Van Winkle,” about a fictional man who returns to his village after mysteriously disappearing for twenty years, takes place in the Catskill Mountains al…

Aren’t these little ladies lovely? Even ads can be beautiful!
11/20/2019

Aren’t these little ladies lovely? Even ads can be beautiful!

11/13/2019

Just received this from our Johnstown DAR chapter. They have been asked to participate in a donation drive for the Albany VA and are looking for the following items:

· Bar soap (Dial, Irish Spring, Dove)
· Men's full-size deodorant (Old spice, Arm & Hammer, Axe, Speed Stick)

All items must be new and in original packaging or have tags. This is a great opportunity to assist our veterans and requires very little effort on our part.

Please consider donating an item or two. We will be at the Burk Saturday 10a-4p and Sunday 10a-1p receiving items for our Christmas event and would love to see lots of items for our Vets come in as well.

Items will be collected until November 30.

Thank you!!!!!

An update: For all of you wonderful folks with items to donate for our upcoming Christmas event- We will be at the Burk ...
11/13/2019

An update: For all of you wonderful folks with items to donate for our upcoming Christmas event- We will be at the Burk to accept your donations on Saturday, November 16 from 10a until 4pm and then again on Sunday, November 17 from 10a until 1pm. If you cannot make it during these times, please send us a message and we can make other arrangements.

Awesome job!
11/12/2019

Awesome job!

Great job ladies❤️

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200 S William St
Johnstown, NY
12095

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My first visit to the Johnstown Historical Society, The Drumm House and the Burk Inn yesterday was absolutely wonderful. Bradley Luberto took me on a guided tour of the inside of the historical society, a walk to The Drumm House & a walk to see Sir William Johnson's grave site, which was a added bonus. Then he took me to The Burk Inn, that was fabulous. Bernadette Weaver gave me a guided tour of the inn, it was so nice. I just want everyone to know what a thrill it was and what a good job they all do to bring this history to life. My thanks and gratitude goes out to Bradley, Bernadette and Holly for all their hard work. I recommend to everyone to stop in and visit the Johnstown Historical Society and what it has to offer, you will not be disappointed..
More of the beautiful wreaths for sale.
Tonight is the night!
I used to live in Johnstown and always loved this building. I am so glad you have restored it. I also have an 1845 Greek Revival church in Wells , we restored and use for concerts and weddings, etc. Looking forward to the event in November.