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.
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We provide educational programs, tours, publications, special events and historic preservation technical assistance and advocacy.

We provide educational programs, tours, publications, special events and historic preservation technical assistance and advocacy.

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.

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Do you shop on Amazon? If so, you're already well on your way to supporting the Schoharie County Historical Society thro...
09/16/2020

Do you shop on Amazon? If so, you're already well on your way to supporting the Schoharie County Historical Society through the shopping you're already doing - at no additional cost to you!

The next time you shop, simply use this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/14-6025397 and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Schoharie County Historical Society.

If you aren't shopping today but want to be sure you can support the historical society when you do in the future, simply visit: smile.amazon.com. If it's your first visit, you'll be prompted to select a nonprofit. You can select the Schoharie County Historical Society by typing "Schoharie County Historical Society" into the search bar OR by using the direct link: smile.amazon.com/ch/14-6025397

Amazon will remember your selection and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.
You can use your existing Amazon.com account on both Amazon.com and smile.amazon.com. However, proceeds are only given to the historical society if you shop through the smile.amazon.com website with the historical society as your selected nonprofit.

Thank you in advance for supporting your Schoharie County Historical Society!

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Bargello Needlework WalletDated 1771, this Bargello style needlework ...
09/14/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Bargello Needlework Wallet

Dated 1771, this Bargello style needlework wallet features a linen lining and wool tape. The wallet, donated by Charles Brewster, is on display in the second floor gallery at the Old Stone Fort Museum.

Learn more about the features and history of Bargello Needlework at https://theoldstonefort.org/bargello-needlework-wallet/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Spotlight on Richmondville, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own dist...
09/11/2020

Spotlight on Richmondville, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week we are taking a closer look at the town of Richmondville!

The town of Richmondville, NY encompasses 30.2 square miles in western Schoharie County. With a sweeping valley floor at an elevation of 920 feet along the Cobleskill Creek, the hillsides soar to 2,160 feet along the southeastern corner of the town, where it boarders with the towns of Summit and Fulton. In addition to the village of Richmondville, the town includes several smaller communities and hamlets within its borders, including Bear Gulch, Bears Hollow, Brooker Hollow, Warnerville, and West Richmondville.

Learn about the history of Richmondville and view more photos at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-richmondville/

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09/11/2020

Thank you for the shout out Hyde Hall! We are so excited to share our progress and new additions when we welcome back visitors in 2021!

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: 18th Century Cross Stitch SamplerThis “Marking Sampler” was made by H...
09/01/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: 18th Century Cross Stitch Sampler

This “Marking Sampler” was made by Hannah Eunice Thomas in 1796, when she was just seven years old.

Learn more about samplers and the roll the played in the lives and education of young girls at https://theoldstonefort.org/18th-century-cross-stitch-sampler/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Do you know what this trench at the Old Stone Fort Museum means??The WiFi is coming!! The WiFi is coming!!Once completed...
08/27/2020

Do you know what this trench at the Old Stone Fort Museum means??

The WiFi is coming!! The WiFi is coming!!

Once completed, the WiFi project will bring wireless connectivity throughout the museum complex, allowing enhanced opportunities to engage with the site, learn more about the buildings, the collections, and the stories they tell and to conduct genealogical and historical research.

The museum's journey to install WiFi began in July of 2018 with a generous donation by Conrad and Jeanette Fagone in honor of her parents H. Irving and Florence Chase, of Cobleskill.

After numerous planning and strategy sessions, a generous donation aimed at offsetting the overall cost of the project by Middleburgh Telephone - MIDTEL, and site preparation done by Schoharie County Historical Society Trustee Curt Van Steele, the project is now moving into the final stages.

Happy Women's Equality Day!Women's Equality Day is celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 ...
08/26/2020

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Women's Equality Day is celebrated in the United States on August 26 to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution.
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was formally adopted on Aug. 26, 1920.

It reads,

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

Learn more at https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/resources/commemorations/womens-equality-day/

#womensequalityday

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Civil War Identity Disc of Captain Peter S. ClarkThis Civil War Ident...
08/20/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Civil War Identity Disc of Captain Peter S. Clark

This Civil War Identity Disk (c. 1861) belonged to Captain Peter S. Clark, of Middleburgh, member of the 76th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, known as “The Cortland Regiment”. At the time of the American Civil War, what we refer to today as "dog tags" didn't exist. This identity disc is an example of what soldiers did themselves to ensure they didn't remain unidentified if they died on the battlefield.

Learn more about the history of identity disks, the 76th Regiment, New York State Volunteers and Captain Peter S. Clark at https://theoldstonefort.org/civil-war-identity-disc-of-captain-peter-s-clark/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Did you know that on this day, August 19, in the year 1812 the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeated the massive Briti...
08/19/2020

Did you know that on this day, August 19, in the year 1812 the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeated the massive British frigate Guerrière in a furious engagement approximately 600 miles east of Boston. According to witnesses, the British shot merely bounced off the Constitution‘s sides, earning it the nickname of "Old Ironsides". The success of the USS Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous boost in morale for the young American republic.

Learn more about "Old Ironsides" at https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/old-ironsides-earns-its-name.

A section of the original hull of the U.S. Frigate Constitution is on display in the second floor exhibit at the Old Stone Fort Museum!

Spotlight on Jefferson, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinct...
08/18/2020

Spotlight on Jefferson, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week, we are taking a closer look at the town of Jefferson, NY with the help of the The Jefferson Historical Society!

In the southwest corner of Schoharie County, nestled among peaks of the Catskills, lies Jefferson, a town blessed with natural beauty, an abundance of wildlife, enterprising citizenry, and a rich history.

Learn about the history of the town of Jefferson, view photos and find valuable information at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-jefferson/

#SpotlightOnSchoharieCounty #SchoharieCountyShowAndTell #SchoharieCountyNY #SchoharieCountyHistory #JeffersonNY #TownofJefferson

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Bogardus Shooting BottleThis glass shooting bottle was invented and m...
08/06/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Bogardus Shooting Bottle

This glass shooting bottle was invented and made famous by Captain Adam Henry (A.H.) Bogardus, of Berne, NY, a United States and world trap shooting champion who traveled and performed with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show.

Learn more about A.H. Bogardus and his inventions at https://theoldstonefort.org/bogardus-shooting-bottle/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Spotlight on Broome, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive...
08/03/2020

Spotlight on Broome, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week, we are taking a closer look at the town of Broome, NY!

The town of Broome was established on March 17, 1797 as one of the six original towns formed in Schoharie County. In addition to being the location of the Franklinton Vlaie, several of Schoharie County's most notable residents once called it home!

Learn more and view photos of the town of Broome at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-broome/

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From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Glass TombstoneThis glass tombstone was made in memory of 4-year-old ...
07/21/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Glass Tombstone

This glass tombstone was made in memory of 4-year-old Daisy Schoolcraft who died in 1887. This beautiful and unique glass monument was even once featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Learn more and see the tombstone in it's original condition at https://theoldstonefort.org/glass-tombstone/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Spotlight on Seward, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive...
07/20/2020

Spotlight on Seward, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week, we are taking a closer look at the town of Seward, NY!

The first settlement of the town of Seward was made in 1754 by a colony of Germans of the Palatine order known as New Dorlach. Later, the town of Seward, as it is today, was formed from Sharon on February 11, 1840 and was named in honor of William H. Seward who was governor of New York State at the time. The town consists of 20,106 acres of land and in the late 1800s there were twelve school districts.

Learn more and view photos of the town of Seward at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-seward/

#SpotlightOnSchoharieCounty #SchoharieCountyShowAndTell #SewardNY #SchoharieCountyNY #SchoharieCountyHistory

Spotted just outside the Schoharie County Historical Society office window
07/20/2020

Spotted just outside the Schoharie County Historical Society office window

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: The Mahar Collection of Schoharie Valley ArtifactsThe Mahar Collectio...
07/14/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: The Mahar Collection of Schoharie Valley Artifacts

The Mahar Collection at the Old Stone Fort Museum contains a wide sampling of the diverse items collected and unearthed from the Schoharie Valley by Robert Mahar over a period of forty years.

Learn more and see photos of the collection at https://theoldstonefort.org/locally-found-archaeological-materials/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Spotlight on Cobleskill, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinc...
07/10/2020

Spotlight on Cobleskill, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week, we are taking a closer look at the town of Cobleskill with the help of town historian Ted Shuart!

In 1751 Jacob Borst and partners acquired 4,800 acres of land in a small valley which straddled a creek called the Cobus Kil, about six miles west of the Schoharie Valley. The creek was named for early settler Jacobus Kobel. His first name was pronounced “Yah’ cobus” or Yah cob’ us” depending upon which German dialect one was speaking. “Cobus” was the common nickname for anyone named Jacobus at that time. “Kil” was an old Dutch name for a stream.

Learn more and view photos of Cobleskill at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-cobleskill/

#SpotlightOnSchoharieCounty #SchoharieCountyShowAndTell #CobleskillNY #Cobleskill #SchoharieCounty

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Butler's Rangers BadgeInsignia like this were attached to the lids of...
07/06/2020

From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum: Butler's Rangers Badge

Insignia like this were attached to the lids of British soldiers’ cartridge boxes for ornamentation and practical use. The heavy brass badge helped keep the leather flap top of the cartridge case closed. The initials “GR” stand for Georgius Rex (King George III).

Learn more about Butler's Rangers at https://theoldstonefort.org/butlers-rangers-badge/

Find an ever growing list of "From the Collections of the Old Stone Fort Museum" artifacts at https://theoldstonefort.org/from-the-collections-of-the-ol…/
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Spotlight on Middleburgh, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distin...
06/30/2020

Spotlight on Middleburgh, NY - Schoharie County is made up of 16 unique and individual towns, each with their own distinctive histories. As a way to highlight the beauty, traditions, innovations, ingenuity and richness of those histories, we will be featuring a different Schoharie County town each week, sharing photos, useful information and more.

This week, we are taking a closer look at the town of Middleburgh with the help of town historian Charley Spickerman!

The Town of Middleburgh was originally settled by a group of German Palatines led by Johan Conrad Weiser in 1712; making it one of the oldest settlements in Schoharie County.

Learn more and view photos of Middleburgh at https://theoldstonefort.org/town-of-middleburgh/

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Photos from Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society's post
06/29/2020

Photos from Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society's post

With "Coloring the Old Stone Fort Museum A-Z", written by Jeff O'Connor and illustrated by Pam O'Connor of Turning Point...
06/29/2020

With "Coloring the Old Stone Fort Museum A-Z", written by Jeff O'Connor and illustrated by Pam O'Connor of Turning Point 1777, you can download and print coloring pages and have fun while learning about local history!

The full alphabet of coloring pages, including printable PDFs is available at https://theoldstonefort.org/coloring-the-old-stone-fort-mu…/

Today we are wrapping things up with U-Z!

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Schoharie, NY
12157

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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.

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My Dad was Chester Zimmer of Gallupville Zimmer Poultry Farm . His ancestry goes back to the German Palatines who settled here. He was born in 1910 and this was his lantern he carried to the one room schoolhouse in the winter to see to walk home about a mile in the dark, In 2011 my home in Schoharie village was flooded almost to the ceiling on the first floor.One day when I drove by there was a huge pile out front of the mud and destroyed things. On the top was this lantern. I could hardly believe it. Took a lot of cleaning but as you cn see it is fine. A prized posession of mine. Dad was a local historian and all his work is at the Fort Library.
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/