Getting ready for Sunday! Still a few spots open!
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.
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.
Getting ready for Sunday! Still a few spots open!
Great event tonight with Terry McMasters!
Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us. And thank you to Terry! It was a great lecture!
Spring has sprung at the Burk! So excited for our Easter Tales at the Burk event this Saturday!
We are so excited about the great responses we are getting about all of our upcoming events! A bit of info about Tea at the Inn coming up on May 5th:
There are 3 different ways to purchase tickets for this event.
1. You can send a check, made out to The Johnstown Historical Society. The address is 17 N. William Street, Johnstown, NY 12095. Please note on your check that the payment is for the tea party.
2. You can pay in person at McLemon’s store, 31-35 West Main Street, Johnstown. The hours she is open are Thursday 3p-7p, Friday 10a-6p, and Saturday 10a-3p.
3. Paypal - our account is linked to the email: [email protected] gmail.com
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CALLING ALL LOCAL ARTISTS
The Johnstown Historical Society seeks submissions from local artists for an exhibit August 17, 2019. We are looking for submissions of visual art in the following mediums: photography, painting, drawing, or sculpture. The subject of your submission should be your favorite historic place in Johnstown whether it is architecture, landscape, monument or another piece of Johnstown history that you love. All submissions need to be framed and ready to be hung for display. All submissions will be considered a loan to the Johnstown Historical Society and will be returned within 30 days of the reception date. All ages are welcome. City residence is not required. Submissions must be completed by August 10, 2019 and you must register no later than July 6, 2019
A reception will be held at James Burk’s Inn at 200 South William Street, Johnstown, NY where we will display and celebrate your work and the history of Johnstown with the general public. This reception will be used as a fundraiser for the Johnstown Historical Society in which proceeds from admission cost will be used toward maintenance, repairs, and major restoration projects at the 3 properties we own and maintain as well as the costs of Free and Low Cost programming we provide throughout the year to this community. Additionally any artists willing to donate their submission for sale as additional proceeds to the Society would be greatly appreciated and can be provided with a receipt of charitable contribution. All artists will receive free admission for 2 to the reception.
For more information about this event or to register please contact Jessica at 518-332-8539 or [email protected]
Support The Johnstown Historical Society!
Leave your mark in Johnstown while also helping us to make critical repairs and restorations to our 2 Colonial era properties. By purchasing a brick through our ongoing fundraiser you will be helping us to maintain these buildings for future generations to enjoy. The bricks you purchase will create a path on our Drumm House property for the public to see and enjoy. You can purchase a brick directly online here: www.thatsmybrick.com/johnstown
OR print and fill out the order form seen below.
What a great article! If the name Robert Picken sounds familiar...it should. Mr.Picken, surveyor for Sir William Johnson, was the first occupant of our beloved Inn. If these walls could talk!!!
Thank you to John D. Pomeroy (a cousin through Loyalist lines) for sharing this very interesting article: "Our first sheriff was a staunch loyalist"
James Burk’s Inn (Johnstown, NY)
An early mixup made people believe this was the Black Horse Tavern, but it is in fact James Burk’s Inn. The building was built in 1765 and the builder is believed to be Sir William Johnson, the founder of Johnstown. In 1738, Johnson had moved from Ireland to the Province of New York to manage his uncle’s estate, a large tract of land on the south side of the Mohawk River. During an active and distinguished life there, he had many dealings with the local Mohawk Indians and would come to learn their language and customs. By 1742, they had adopted Johnson as an honorary sachem. The Mohawk gave him the name Warraghiyageym, which translates as “A Man Who Undertakes Great Things.”
But enough of Christmas and its gambols; it is time for me to pause in this garrulity. Methinks I hear the questions asked by my graver readers, "To what purpose is all this?—how is the world to be made wiser by this talk?" Alas! is there not wisdom enough extant for the instruction of the world? And if not, are there not thousands of abler pens labouring for its improvement?—It is so much pleasanter to please than to instruct—to play the companion rather than the preceptor.
What, after all, is the mite of wisdom that I could throw into the mass of knowledge? or how am I sure that my sagest deductions may be safe guides for the opinions of others? But in writing to amuse, if I fail, the only evil is my own disappointment. If, however, I can by any lucky chance, in these days of evil, rub out one wrinkle from the brow of care, or beguile the heavy heart of one moment of sorrow; if I can now and then penetrate through the gathering film of misanthropy, prompt a benevolent view of human nature, and make my reader more in good humour with his fellow-beings and himself, surely, surely, I shall not then have written entirely in vain.
The parson said grace, which was not a short familiar one, such as is commonly addressed to the Deity, in these unceremonious days; but a long, courtly, well-worded one of the ancient school. There was now a pause, as if something was expected; when suddenly the butler entered the hall with some degree of bustle: he was attended by a servant on each side with a large wax-light, and bore a silver dish, on which was an enormous pig's head decorated with rosemary, with a lemon in its mouth, which was placed with great formality at the head of the table. The moment this pageant made its appearance, the harper struck up a flourish; at the conclusion of which the young Oxonian, on receiving a hint from the Squire, gave, with an air of the most comic gravity, an old carol, the first verse of which was as follows:—
Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino.
The boar's head in hand bring I,
With garlands gay and rosemary.
I pray you all synge merily
Qui estis in convivio.
My chamber was in the old part of the mansion, the ponderous furniture of which might have been fabricated in the days of the giants. The room was panelled with cornices of heavy carved-work, in which flowers and grotesque faces were strangely intermingled; and a row of black-looking portraits stared mournfully at me from the walls. The bed was of rich though faded damask, with a lofty tester, and stood in a niche opposite a bow-window. I had scarcely got into bed when a strain of music seemed to break forth in the air just below the window. I listened, and found it proceeded from a band, which I concluded to be the waits from some neighbouring village. They went round the house, playing under the windows. I drew aside the curtains, to hear them more distinctly. The moonbeams fell through the upper part of the casement, partially lighting up the antiquated apartment. The sounds, as they receded, became more soft and aërial, and seemed to accord with quiet and moonlight. I listened and listened—they became more and more tender and remote, and, as they gradually died away, my head sank upon the pillow and I fell asleep.
Happy Christmas Eve from the Burk Inn.
Simon Bracebridge -
Of late years he had resided almost entirely with the Squire, to whom he had become a factotum, and whom he particularly delighted by jumping with his humour in respect to old times, and by having a scrap of an old song to suit every occasion. We had presently a specimen of his last-mentioned talent; for no sooner was supper removed, and spiced wines and other beverages peculiar to the season introduced, than Master Simon was called on for a good old Christmas song. He bethought himself for a moment, and then, with a sparkle of the eye, and a voice that was by no means bad, excepting that it ran occasionally into a falsetto, like the notes of a split reed, he quavered forth a quaint old ditty,—
Now Christmas is come,
Let us beat up the drum,
And call all our neighbours together;
And when they appear,
Let us make them such cheer,
As will keep out the wind and the weather, etc.
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Some more photos from yesterday’s event :-)
Wreaths for Sale
Wreath Festival 2018
Today is the day!!! Hope to see you all tonight!! We are so excited and cannot thank everyone enough for all the wonderful wreaths ❤️
If you would like to donate a wreath, but haven’t ...it isn’t too late! We will be here at the Burk tonight until about 6:30pm and on Friday from 10am-??
Very exciting day today at the Burk- New curtains! Thanks to Chris Osinski for spending a snowy day with me- sewing and putting them up. Tomorrow we will put up the rest.
These muslin window coverings with tie back tapes (made on a tape loom by our dear friend Judy Leggett) fit perfectly with the Inn’s time period and give the room a whole new look.
Now to give that woodwork a little TLC ....(a never ending labour of love!)
Great day at the Burk today- both inside and out. Thanks all around to those who came to help. The yard looks AMAZING thanks to the Herculean efforts of the Scouts. The building exterior is fantastic thanks to Colin and Ryan- and some very good neighbors.
On the inside— we moved a piano today! Christmas crafting continues... oh, and Betsey got a new hair style and colour!
Phew! Tired , but happy. Still so much to do 🙂
Thanks to the inside crew too- couldn’t do this without you!
Ooh that Betsey! She looks all innocent here, doesn't she? Well, it is all a ruse...I turned my back for just a moment, and that little lady went and set up a Twitter account for the Inn! (I believe she got my password from my child...but neither one will rat the other out).
Ah well, all the better to keep everyone posted on all the neat things going on here at the Burk. Now, if the two of them will just teach me what to do with it.....
Big happenings here at the Burk! Betsey isn’t the only one here getting all spiffed up...Much needed repairs and intense prep work being done, so that the Burk can get a nice new coat of paint. We can hardly wait to see the results! Thanks to our new member Colin and his son for all their hard work and dedication :-)
The James Burk Inn and the Johnstown Historical Society need ....YOU!
Betsey wants to thank everyone who stopped in today! It was a lovely visit, and she is truly excited to show off her new outfit and hairstyle 🙂 We are planning future events as I type... (she has already picked out her outfit for the Festival of Wreaths!)
It’s a lovely day here at the Inn. All that is missing is ...you! Stop on by- we are here until 4pm today!
Our good friends at the Fort Plain Museum, as part of their American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference, are having a genealogy day this Friday, June 8, and we are proud to say that we here at the Burk are pretty revved up ourselves! We will be here on Friday June 8th from 10 am to 4 pm and welcome all who wish to drop in for a look around and a chat. Youngloves in your tree? We may have some info for you....Oh and Betsy wants me to make sure that I let everyone know there will be cookies!
It’s Johnson Jog time again! This Saturday , the race will start with a boom (seriously, they fire a cannon) at the Hall at 9am and loops through the city past a number of historic sites- including the Burk! Still time to sign up to run/walk or you can turn out in your 18th century best to cheer folks on! Tavin is super excited and hopes to see you all there!
The Burk is getting some much needed work done on the porch. We still have a long way to go, but this very necessary and very visible improvement is so exciting and incredibly rewarding! Thanks to the Johnstown Historical Society for the pictures.
We may have been quiet at the Burk this winter, but we certainly have not been dormant...lots of ideas kicking around for the new year, and we have so much work to get the Burk back into shape! We will be posting more as events unfold- please stay tuned as we will surely delight in your attendance and be most appreciative of your continued support!
The time is drawing near! Can't wait to see you all there :-)
Help us Restore the James Burk Inn!
Capital Campaign Kick-Off Reception
September 20, 2014 5pm to 7:30pm
Refreshments and Hor D'oeuvres
Book Signing and Sale
Silent Auction 5pm to 7pm with drawing at 7pm
Minimum donation $25.00 per person
Tickets are pre-sale, so send us a message to reserve your spot today. We would love to have you join us in celebrating the beginning of the Burk's journey to restoration!
Open House 7/18/14
Today's the day! Come and join us for our open house 6pm-8pm. We look forward to your visit!
A quick glimpse- just getting started...
How many of you have walked past this neat little yellow building with the black shutters and wondered what it was like on the inside? Well now is your chance to satisfy your curiosity...
Please come and join us on Friday, July 18 from 6-8pm at the James Burk Inn for a reception with tours and refreshments!
200 South William Street, Johnstown NY 12095
We very much look forward to seeing you!
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