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.

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❤️

Thanks to all who attended the Paint and Sip at Bottles and Brushes on 11/9!It was a super fun time and everyone did an ...
11/11/2019

Thanks to all who attended the Paint and Sip at Bottles and Brushes on 11/9!
It was a super fun time and everyone did an amazing job!

So incredibly true...and from one of my favourite authors too!
10/29/2019

So incredibly true...and from one of my favourite authors too!

Just as an FYI...there is long history of this fellow using aliases and running scams. He has been in and out of jail ma...
10/24/2019

Just as an FYI...there is long history of this fellow using aliases and running scams. He has been in and out of jail many times, yet he continues to steal other groups info and try to use it as his own.
This is not a post by our friends the Greys, nor does he have any affiliation with them whatsoever.

Fantastic evening of music,stories, and visiting at the Burk! Thanks to all who attended and a huge thank you to Terry M...
10/13/2019

Fantastic evening of music,stories, and visiting at the Burk! Thanks to all who attended and a huge thank you to Terry McMaster for presenting his wonderful program!

Jennifer Debruin, Historical Researcher, Writer, Speaker
10/04/2019

Jennifer Debruin, Historical Researcher, Writer, Speaker

Day 4 (Part 2) of In the Footsteps of the Ancestors - Mohawk Valley tours 2019 EVENING PROGRAM: was entitled "An Evening of 18th century Merriment," at the Burk Inn. What a special gathering!!! We had traditional 18th century chocolate drinks demonstrated by Paul Supley of Van Wykes Chocolate Haus - one was King George III breakfast drink, the other, chocolate with Port, was a favourite of King Henry VIII, music of the period by Liaisons Plaisantes, and our hosts wore traditional 18c wear..all in the charming Burk Inn c.1766. It was wonderful!!!! Thank you to our hosts! #history #MohawkValley #NYS #AmericanRevolution #UELoyalists #Patriots

Lots of amazing things ahead!!!
09/22/2019

Lots of amazing things ahead!!!

I know, I know...it’s only September ...but crafters need time to craft, and we cannot wait to see all the lovely items ...
09/19/2019

I know, I know...it’s only September ...but crafters need time to craft, and we cannot wait to see all the lovely items you create! So excited for this event!

09/12/2019

Join us tonight at 7pm for our “Year of the Glove” presentation!

Art exhibit!
09/05/2019

Art exhibit!

Bridge_Annex_UELAC
08/27/2019
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YOU CAN NOW BOOK INDIVIDUAL DAYS OR THE FULL WEEK in the Mohawk Valley!

The booking is now open for the Mohawk Valley events by day(s) or full week: https://uelbridgeannex.com/calendar-of-events-in-the-footsteps-of-the-ancestors/

Instructions:

1. Follow the "Sign Up Now" button
2. Agree to the Waiver
3. Schedule with "Buy Now" buttons for each day will show up
4. To Pay: Go to Shopping Cart and purchase through Paypal (a processing fee will appear as "shipping")

If you have any questions, please let us know: [email protected] OR Comment/DM here.

This so wonderful!! Thank you Jennifer DeBruin and Bridge Annex UELAC for taking the time to highlight our Drumm House!
08/16/2019
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This so wonderful!! Thank you Jennifer DeBruin and Bridge Annex UELAC for taking the time to highlight our Drumm House!

Learn about the Drumm House in Johnstown, NY in our latest edition of "Armchair Travels," video series. Thank you to our member, Dr. Steve Wilson, for producing this edition. Watch for more segments in the coming weeks!

Have you traveled in search of history? Let us know if you'd like to submit your ideas for upcoming editions.

https://uelbridgeannex.com/bridge-annex-live/

Join us next Saturday for a fun event right here at the Burk!
08/11/2019

Join us next Saturday for a fun event right here at the Burk!

Tiny!!! On a visit to the Historical Society I discovered these in a nice cabinet display(it is the Year of the Glove, a...
08/02/2019

Tiny!!! On a visit to the Historical Society I discovered these in a nice cabinet display(it is the Year of the Glove, after all!), and it was love at first sight! The first two are promotional items and the tiny little gloves (my eyes ache just looking at those stitches!) were likely salesman’s samples .
Looking forward to some fun, glove-related activities that are in the works! We will keep you posted...

This year both of the fridge's we had at the Burk died on us leaving us to use coolers with ice any time we had an event...
07/31/2019

This year both of the fridge's we had at the Burk died on us leaving us to use coolers with ice any time we had an event. Recently our friends at Ruby & Quiri were kind enough to donate this scratch and dent to us which means no more coolers and easier preparation for events like the High Tea Service, the upcoming art show, and the annual Festival of Wreaths in November. The Johnstown Historical Society thanks you R&Q!

There are times, when a discovery absolutely makes you well up...this is one of them. These little shoes and this Bible ...
07/21/2019

There are times, when a discovery absolutely makes you well up...this is one of them. These little shoes and this Bible were a part of the everyday life led by the Youngloves that occupied our Inn for over a century. If only they could talk...what stories they could tell. They tell stories even in their silence. Honoured to get to see and display these fantastic items.
Happy Sunday and stay cool!

Happy 4th of July!
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July!

Shoes...something we rather take for granted today. But making footwear in the 18th and 19th century was a complicated a...
05/29/2019

Shoes...something we rather take for granted today. But making footwear in the 18th and 19th century was a complicated affair and the talented individuals involved in the process went through many years of training. The Younglove family that lived in the Burk for over a century , had a boot shop in their home and we still have some samples on display.
Shaun Pekar , whose status I have shared below, has worked hard to become the skilled craftsman he is today. It is a delight to watch him work and to follow his site.
Happy Wednesday, everyone!

It’s a day that ends in “Y”, so it’s a day spent working on shoes...

Getting ready for Sunday! Still a few spots open!
05/01/2019

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 w...
04/26/2019

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!
04/07/2019

Spring has sprung at the Burk! So excited for our Easter Tales at the Burk event this Saturday!

03/27/2019
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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 ARTISTSThe Johnstown Historical Society seeks submissions from local artists for an exhibit August 17,...
03/25/2019

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...
02/09/2019

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...
02/04/2019

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"

http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2019/02/our-first-sheriff-was-a-staunch-loyalist/?fbclid=IwAR1RBNaBOvTFidzFx7y2ZN0hsMVZSc-mHGcQdZHPAiAwx6GFlGeU8-ajliM

Empire Explorer
02/03/2019

Empire Explorer

Then/Now
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 ask...
12/26/2018

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.

Merry Christmas!!!The parson said grace, which was not a short familiar one, such as is commonly addressed to the Deity,...
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas!!!

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.

Pleasant dreams!My chamber was in the old part of the mansion, the ponderous furniture of which might have been fabricat...
12/25/2018

Pleasant dreams!

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, t...
12/24/2018

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.

Some more photos from yesterday’s event :-)
12/09/2018

Some more photos from yesterday’s event :-)

Wreaths for Sale
11/28/2018

Wreaths for Sale

Wreath Festival 2018
11/28/2018

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 wonderf...
11/24/2018

Today is the day!!! Hope to see you all tonight!! We are so excited and cannot thank everyone enough for all the wonderful wreaths ❤️

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

11/21/2018
11/20/2018

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-??
Thank you!!!!

Very exciting day today at the Burk- New curtains! Thanks to Chris Osinski for spending a snowy day with me- sewing and ...
11/10/2018

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!)

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Johnstown, NY
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