Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society

Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society Local History Museum at the site of a Revolutionary War battle.
The Schoharie County Historical Society operates a museum and research library at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex in cooperation with Schoharie County. We provide educational programs, tours, publications, special events and historic preservation technical assistance and advocacy.
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A 1772 church fortified in 1777 and attacked in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. Now a museum for over 125 years. Thousands of artifacts in six historic buildings include a fire engine built before George Washington was born and Schoharie's first automobile! The museum is open daily May through October!

Mission: The Schoharie County Historical Society is a historical society dedicated to encouraging and promoting a knowledge of and appreciation for the history and cultures of Schoharie County and its inhabitants from the prehistoric period to the advancing present through advocacy, education, presentation, interpretation, and research.

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: 1903 Rambler Touring Car, Model EPerry Taylor, mayor of the village o...
02/04/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: 1903 Rambler Touring Car, Model E

Perry Taylor, mayor of the village of Schoharie (1903-33), purchased this car in October 1903 in New York City. He drove it to Albany in 12 hours, but it took him two weeks to get it to Schoharie due to breakdowns, muddy roads and the necessity of stopping and shutting off the engine every time a horse was encountered to avoid frightening the animal. Taylor bought the car to commute between his farm in Central Bridge and his work in Schoharie. Perry and his wife Eleanor donated the vehicle to the Old Stone Fort Museum in 1936. It is currently on display in the Badgley Museum Annex at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex.

Learn more about the 1903 Rambler and the family which brought it to Schoharie at https://theoldstonefort.org/1903-rambler-touring-car-model-e/

Each week, the Old Stone Fort Museum will feature an item from our vast and varied collection, showcasing the rich and diverse local history we strive to preserve and present each day.

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Schoharie County SkippleThis 18th century, pine and wrought iron Skip...
01/28/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Schoharie County Skipple

This 18th century, pine and wrought iron Skipple is on display at the Old Stone Fort Museum and was made in Schoharie County. It was donated to the Schoharie County Historical Society by Isaac O. Ball.

This Schoharie County skipple was used by Johannes Ball, a prominent 18th century local figure who served as Chairman of the Committee of Safety for the Schoharie District.

Learn more about this Schoharie County Skipple and how skipples were used in early accounting at https://theoldstonefort.org/schoharie-county-skipple/

Each week, the Old Stone Fort Museum will feature an item from our vast and varied collection, showcasing the rich and diverse local history we strive to preserve and present each day.

Delaware County Historical Association, NY
01/21/2020

Delaware County Historical Association, NY

Learn to Weave a Traditional Adirondack Pack Basket

Workshop at the Delaware County Historical Association
Saturday, February 8 ~ 12:30pm to 4:30pm

It’s time for our midwinter basket class! Participants will weave a traditional Adirondack pack basket. A small 8” version of this durable basket is ideal for storing hats, gloves, mail or for just picking blueberries. Also great for a small child to carry on a hike.
No experience necessary. All materials and tools are included. Please bring a small towel to soak up excess water.
This class is taught by master basketweaver Martha Bremer. She has been weaving and teaching baskets for 30 years. Registration required by February 3rd. Cost $65.00 per person, which includes a $35 materials fee.
Please note: For those who wish to attach straps (dark green), they are an additional $14.

Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail [email protected] to register.

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: The Old Stone Fort Weather Vane or "Weathercock"In 1772 this weather ...
01/21/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: The Old Stone Fort Weather Vane or "Weathercock"

In 1772 this weather vane or "weathercock" was surmounted on the tower of the stone Dutch Reformed Church which would one day become the Old Stone Fort Museum. The weathercock remained in place atop the building until approximately 1830 and has since become the symbol of the Schoharie County Historical Society.

Learn more about the Old Stone Fort Weather Vane and discover a history of the rooster emblem in Christianity which stretches back to the 9th century and beyond at: https://theoldstonefort.org/the-old-stone-fort-weather-vane-or-weathercock/

Each week, the Old Stone Fort Museum will feature an item from our vast and varied collection, showcasing the rich and diverse local history we strive to preserve and present each day.

01/14/2020
From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: The Kniskern Boxes or "Kniskern Chests" One of the most poignant exhi...
01/14/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: The Kniskern Boxes or "Kniskern Chests"

One of the most poignant exhibits in the Old Stone Fort Museum features two small painted boxes that belonged to 5-year-old twin sisters Margreda and Elisabet Kniskern. Beautiful examples of German Folk Art, they are little larger than shoe boxes and were made by their father, Johannes Kniskern in 1778. They are miniature versions of the style known as a "Schoharie chest" by some collectors and hold a fascinating and surprising story tying them to one of the most significant events in Schoharie County's history.

Learn more about the Kniskern Boxes at https://theoldstonefort.org/the-kniskern-boxes/

Each week, the Old Stone Fort Museum will feature an item from our vast and varied collection, showcasing the rich and diverse local history we strive to preserve and present each day.

PLEASE JOIN US! On October 3, 2020 the Old Stone Fort Museum will be presenting an entirely new event, inviting locals a...
01/07/2020

PLEASE JOIN US! On October 3, 2020 the Old Stone Fort Museum will be presenting an entirely new event, inviting locals and visitors alike the opportunity to see, hear, taste, smell and touch the richness and variety Schoharie County has to offer at the first ever Breadbasket Country Fair.

Showcasing the vibrant agricultural traditions of the county, the Breadbasket fair hopes to incorporate locally grown food and specialty products, craft beverages, music and live entertainment with friendly competitions, old fashioned games, agricultural demonstrations, hands-on crafts and more.

At this point, the event’s planning is in its infancy and we need all the help we can get in making advanced calls to vendors, musicians, entertainers, organizations, local growers, artisans, producers and presenters to ensure we have a full lineup of activities and entertainment.

To help achieve this goal, a special event committee has been formed and will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. at the Old Stone Fort Museum.

To learn more or to volunteer to be a part of this exciting new event, call (518) 295-7192 or plan to attend this important meeting!

01/02/2020
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12/07/2019

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The Christmas at the Fort event is underway at the Old Stone Fort Museum until 3 p.m. today!  Sinterklaas is here, the c...
12/07/2019

The Christmas at the Fort event is underway at the Old Stone Fort Museum until 3 p.m. today! Sinterklaas is here, the cider is spiced and the holiday market is full of locally produced and specialty items!

The tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung and the fort is all dressed up in its holiday finery - Join us tomorrow, Sat...
12/06/2019

The tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung and the fort is all dressed up in its holiday finery - Join us tomorrow, Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Christmas at the Fort and enjoy live music by Uncle Billy's Balladeers with Rural Felicity, visit with Sinterklaas, sample traditional Dutch and American treats and shop a wide selection of unique and specialty gifts in our museum shop and holiday market! Learn more at https://theoldstonefort.org/2019/10/christmas-at-the-fort/

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12/04/2019

All dressed up in snow #theoldstonefort #schohariecounty #oldstonefortmuseum #oldstonefort #schohariecountyhistoricalsociety

Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches Genealogy
12/04/2019

Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches Genealogy

Happy Snow Day!!!
12/02/2019

Happy Snow Day!!!

It's a Snow Day and Cyber Monday!!! Do your online shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/14-6025397 and support the Schoharie ...
12/02/2019
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May this joyous season bring peace, health, and happiness to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at t...
11/28/2019

May this joyous season bring peace, health, and happiness to you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Old Stone Fort Museum and Schoharie County Historical Society.

The holiday shopping season is here and provides an excellent opportunity to support the mission and goals of the Old St...
11/25/2019

The holiday shopping season is here and provides an excellent opportunity to support the mission and goals of the Old Stone Fort Museum at no additional cost to you! Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/14-6025397, AmazonSmile donates to Schoharie County Historical Society?

On this day and every day - We thank you!
11/11/2019

On this day and every day - We thank you!

The Old Stone Fort Museum is honored to welcome back local Fine Artist Jonathan Stasko for this exciting and multifacete...
11/10/2019

The Old Stone Fort Museum is honored to welcome back local Fine Artist Jonathan Stasko for this exciting and multifaceted event!

I've got some exciting updates and paintings to share including a bunch of "Visual Ponderings" Miniatures from the past couple months. But first, I want to share an upcoming event with you!

Come join me for a fun afternoon including an art talk, Q&A, demonstration, reception and sale at Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society- Saturday Nov 16, 2-5p!

Proceeds of art sales and commissions will benefit the Schoharie County Historical Society.

125th NYVI Regimental Association
11/08/2019

125th NYVI Regimental Association

The 125th NY will be in the upcoming Veteran's Day parade in Albany. This is the 64th annual parade to help honor veterans who fought and died for our freedoms. Our unit is always honored to be part of this occasion, especially since the original 125th NY were one of the over 600,000 Americans who gave their lives during the Civil War. The parade route starts on Central Avenue near Ontario Street and goes past the viewing stand at the NYS Education Building. Steps off at 11am.

https://www.albany.com/event/albany-veterans-day-parade-28635/

The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is now closed for the 2019 season. Thank you to all those who made our 130th Anniversa...
11/04/2019

The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is now closed for the 2019 season. Thank you to all those who made our 130th Anniversary year such a wonderful success. Keep an eye out for upcoming holiday and winter programming and join us when the museum opens for our 2020 season on May 1, 2020! Check out some highlights from 2019 below!

Thank you to the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and the Schenectady County Historical Society for hosting several...
10/25/2019

Thank you to the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and the Schenectady County Historical Society for hosting several of our staff members for a wonderful Access and Identity Workshop yesterday at the Mabee Farm Historic Site!

The weather is getting cooler, the days are growing shorter and the bookshelf is calling...The next meeting of the Schoh...
10/21/2019

The weather is getting cooler, the days are growing shorter and the bookshelf is calling...The next meeting of the Schoharie County Historical Society Book Club will be on Wednesday, November 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Badgley Museum Annex at the Old Stone Fort Museum. The subject will be "Musicians and Music History." For more information on the book club and a list of suggested titles visit https://theoldstonefort.org/event/schs-book-club-meeting/?instance_id=2569

Looking for a great fall getaway? Check out this story featuring some amazing destinations right here in Schoharie Count...
10/17/2019
Schoharie County: Haunting Getaway In Rural Central New York

Looking for a great fall getaway? Check out this story featuring some amazing destinations right here in Schoharie County, including the Old Stone Fort Museum!

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We would like to thank the many individuals, organizations, volunteers, businesses, reenactor units and friends who all ...
10/08/2019

We would like to thank the many individuals, organizations, volunteers, businesses, reenactor units and friends who all came together to make Stone Fort Days 2019 a wonderful and vibrant success. This includes, but is certainly not limited to Valley History Alliance/Burning of the Valleys Military Association, 1st New York Regiment, McCracken's Co'y 1777, 2nd regiment Albany county militia/schuylers company NY provincials, 3rd Massachusetts Regiment, 2nd Continental Artillery, Benjamin Whitcomb's Independent Corps of Rangers, Continental Marines, King's Royal Regiment of New York, 34th Regiment of Foot, 8th the King's Regiment of Foot - Light Company, Brant's Volunteers, Butlers Rangers Paul A. Supley, 18th Century Toys and Games, Schoharie Chapter, NSDAR, Rubbin Butts BBQ, Jennifer Debruin, Historical Researcher, Writer, Speaker, Jonathan Stasko Fine Art, Turning Point 1777

Day 2 fun at Stone Fort Days at the Old Stone Fort Museum! Valley History Alliance/Burning of the Valleys Military Assoc...
10/06/2019

Day 2 fun at Stone Fort Days at the Old Stone Fort Museum! Valley History Alliance/Burning of the Valleys Military Association Schoharie Chapter, NSDAR Green Wolf Brewing Co.

Just some of the highlights from Day 1 of Stone Fort Days at the Old Stone Fort Museum. The interactive living history e...
10/06/2019

Just some of the highlights from Day 1 of Stone Fort Days at the Old Stone Fort Museum. The interactive living history event continues today, Sunday, October 6 with a narrated battle reenactment at 1 p.m. and immersive programming and events throughout the day with the Valley History Alliance/Burning of the Valleys Military Association, Schoharie Chapter, NSDAR, Rubbin Butts BBQ and more! Learn more at https://theoldstonefort.org/2019/09/stone-fort-days-2019/

More from Stone Fort Days at the Old Stone Fort Museum! The sun is shining and the grounds are packed with immersive liv...
10/05/2019

More from Stone Fort Days at the Old Stone Fort Museum! The sun is shining and the grounds are packed with immersive living history!

Stone Fort Days fun!
10/05/2019

Stone Fort Days fun!

Stone Fort Days is getting into full swing at the Old Stone Fort Museum!
10/05/2019

Stone Fort Days is getting into full swing at the Old Stone Fort Museum!

Stone Fort Days to re-visit 1700s
10/04/2019
Stone Fort Days to re-visit 1700s

Stone Fort Days to re-visit 1700s

SCHOHARIE — New York frontier life will be re-visited during Stone Fort Days, when immersive, living history re-enactments and family activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Slow Smoked Barbecue - Home Baked Cookies - Local Craft Beer! These are just some of the delicious offerings on tap for ...
10/03/2019

Slow Smoked Barbecue - Home Baked Cookies - Local Craft Beer! These are just some of the delicious offerings on tap for this weekend's two-day Stone Fort Days event at the Old Stone Fort Museum! Rubbin Butts BBQ will have their smoker on hand with menu selections that include Pulled Pork, Brisket, Pulled Chicken, Chili, Pigtails (barbecue smoked pork loins wrapped in bacon), Cider Donut Sundaes and more! Favorite traditional sweet treats, including the always popular Joe Frogger cookies, jumbles and shortbread will be provided by the Schoharie Chapter, NSDAR and Middleburgh's Green Wolf Brewing Co. will be on hand in the beer tent offering a variety of local craft brews, including their Defyance Strong Ale! Find out more about Stone Fort Days at https://theoldstonefort.org/2019/09/stone-fort-days-2019/

Address

145 Fort Rd
Schoharie, NY
12157

General information

The museum complex is open daily, May through October. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The research library open most Tuesdays or by appointment. Please call in advance, (518) 295-7192.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(518) 295-7192

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Does anyone know if there is a program committee meeting this week?
Please join us
Some photos from the Loyalist side of the line on the weekend, God Save the King
I'm thinking The Old Stone Fort should host a "Hat Decorating workshop".
As we head into more fall-like weather, there's no better time to take a stroll through the charming Village of Schoharie. So much to see and so much history to discover! This is the only regular guided tour in New York west of Schenectady that features multiple pre-American Revolution buildings. Little else was left behind by destructive British allies during the war! Rain or shine. Next guided walking tour is at the Village of Middleburgh Saturday, September 21.
Hi I'm a descendant of Capt Peter Snyder and his wife Elizabeth (Mann). I'm trying to find more info on them. His land, grave marker etc. Thanks :)
i HAVE A HISTORY OF THE HUNTER FAMILY from 1662 in Scotland, to Schoharie County; Esperance, Princetown, Duanesburgh and Gloversville. If you will send an email to me at [email protected], I'd be glad to send you my file in "WORD" which consists of about 40 pages.
THE BIG EVENT IS COMING SOON... Don't Miss Out!!!
Does anyone know if there are still any Lendrems in Schoharie County? The 1860 Census records an Ester Lendrem in Schoharie. She was a milliner. https://www.facebook.com/lendrems/