Palatine House Museum

Palatine House Museum A living history museum and the oldest building in Schoharie County. Open noon through 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through Columbus Day weekends and by appointment.
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This building, a medieval, German-style construction was built by the Palatine Germans for their minister, Peter Nicholas Sommer, who came to Schoharie from Hamburg, Germany in 1743. (The name "Palatine" is a generic term for the German people who settled here in the early 18th century.) In 1971, with the aid of the Presbyterian church and a matching grant from the New York State Historic Trust, the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association restored the 1743 Palatine House and created a "Living Museum". From May to October, visitors can experience colonial life and times by taking guided tours of the house, grounds and adjacent cemetery, where Rev. Peter Nicholas Sommer and his wife, Maria Sommer, are buried. Through continued research, assistance from the New York State Council on the Arts and donations of 18th century articles from local residents, the Palatine House preserves an important part of our colonial past. Contact the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association at 518-295-7505, or email us at [email protected].

Operating as usual

Saturday and Sunday will conclude our 2020 season of learning about the Palatine's journey in the history of the Schohar...
10/09/2020

Saturday and Sunday will conclude our 2020 season of learning about the Palatine's journey in the history of the Schoharie Valley. Tours available from 12-4pm each day. Please wear a mask. Thank you for your continued support!

Thank you to everyone who visited the Flea Market at Lasell Hall  and the museum last weekend. Only this weekend and nex...
10/03/2020

Thank you to everyone who visited the Flea Market at Lasell Hall and the museum last weekend. Only this weekend and next remain for the 2020 season. Dont miss it!

1743 just got a little more difficult.  Think about how a spring going dry could effect your daily life when you get all...
09/27/2020

1743 just got a little more difficult. Think about how a spring going dry could effect your daily life when you get all your water from it and it provides some refrigeration flowing at 40°-50° temp. AND hopefully you don't have a fire you need to extinguish!🔥

Fall is on its way as Museum Director Ted Shuart harvests a pumpkin from the garden.
09/15/2020

Fall is on its way as Museum Director Ted Shuart harvests a pumpkin from the garden.

Only FIVE more weekends left for the 2020 season at the Palatine House to learn, discover and connect to our local histo...
09/12/2020

Only FIVE more weekends left for the 2020 season at the Palatine House to learn, discover and connect to our local history and colonial life. Hope to see you!

09/07/2020
Have tomatoes on your mind? This is interesting...https://www.facebook.com/602052953159582/posts/3512210635477118/
09/04/2020

Have tomatoes on your mind? This is interesting...https://www.facebook.com/602052953159582/posts/3512210635477118/

We love our tomatoes, so why don't we see them growing in the Nathan Hale Homestead Kitchen Garden?

According to tomato historian, Andrew W Smith's well researched book "The Tomato in Early America", clusters of Colonial Americans were in fact growing and eating tomatoes. These clusters tended to be populated by immigrants from continental Europe, specifically France and Spain, in areas such as the Carolinas and Louisiana.

In New England, where much of the population was of British descent, colonials were under the impression that because tomatoes were part of the Nightshade family, they were poisonous. Often people did grow tomatoes as an ornamental giving them the nickname "Love Apple."

It wasn't until the Civil War that tomatoes gained their popularity in New England and we are so glad they did!

09/02/2020
Rainy day

The quiet of a rainy day...beautiful.

Just because the foliage filled in doesn't mean we have vanished. Just follow the path into 1743...we'll be waiting on S...
08/15/2020

Just because the foliage filled in doesn't mean we have vanished. Just follow the path into 1743...we'll be waiting on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 -4.

Summer work in colonial days equals winter survival. Experience colonial life and local Schoharie history this weekend. ...
08/14/2020

Summer work in colonial days equals winter survival. Experience colonial life and local Schoharie history this weekend. Sat. And Sun. 12-4.

Captions for this???Maybe "could this snail's name be comfrey?"🤣
08/13/2020

Captions for this???
Maybe "could this snail's name be comfrey?"🤣

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08/12/2020

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We regret to inform you that the Fall Antiques in Schoharie Show, slated for 9/26 & 9/27, has been cancelled due to the Health Department's social distancing restrictions.

We wish all our vendors and loyal patrons a healthy fall and hope to see you again in the near future.

Palatine House Museum's cover photo
08/08/2020

Palatine House Museum's cover photo

The flowers are blooming and the spring is running. Dont miss a chance to forget your worries and travel back to 1743. Y...
08/08/2020

The flowers are blooming and the spring is running. Dont miss a chance to forget your worries and travel back to 1743. You'll always learn something new about our local history.

It's "find out Friday"! Super clever clues to the answer friends! You're right...it's made from horn. The plastic of the...
07/24/2020

It's "find out Friday"! Super clever clues to the answer friends! You're right...it's made from horn. The plastic of the 18th century! 😃
Also , please attend the craft show on Sat. Historic sites are in desperate need of funding. Thanks for your support and share, share, share!

Good morning on "what is it Wednesday"! Last week we had great fun posting clever clues for the object instead of the an...
07/22/2020

Good morning on "what is it Wednesday"! Last week we had great fun posting clever clues for the object instead of the answer. So let's try it again. Please post a clue that you would give someone to help them figure out what this spoon is made from!?!?! 😮 See you on "find out Friday " 😉

Yes...it's true!!! We can safely have an outdoor event! Wear a mask and stay far apart and support our talented local ar...
07/21/2020

Yes...it's true!!! We can safely have an outdoor event! Wear a mask and stay far apart and support our talented local artisans!!! Please share!!!:)

“Find out Friday” ...yes it is a bed key...used to tighten the ropes on your bed frame. Well done, friends. Loved the fu...
07/17/2020

“Find out Friday” ...yes it is a bed key...used to tighten the ropes on your bed frame. Well done, friends. Loved the fun hints!

Wow...we almost missed "What is it Wednesday"!😮  No hints...you are all too difficult to stump already!
07/15/2020

Wow...we almost missed "What is it Wednesday"!😮 No hints...you are all too difficult to stump already!

With the loss of our spring fundraiser we need this event more than ever!!! Please share, share, share!!!♡♡♡
07/13/2020

With the loss of our spring fundraiser we need this event more than ever!!! Please share, share, share!!!♡♡♡

Beautiful morning to harvest some garlic and herbs♡
07/11/2020

Beautiful morning to harvest some garlic and herbs♡

It's "Find out Friday"! Yes! This bowl was made from a burl! It basically comes from a deformed tree growth that forms i...
07/10/2020

It's "Find out Friday"! Yes! This bowl was made from a burl! It basically comes from a deformed tree growth that forms in a round manner. Isn't that a clever way to look at nature? We'll try to stump you again next week but you always seem to figure it out! Well done!!

Time for..."what is it Wednesday". So this is clearly a bowl but do you know what it is made from? We had a few guests v...
07/08/2020

Time for..."what is it Wednesday". So this is clearly a bowl but do you know what it is made from?
We had a few guests visit opening weekend. More great learning experiences to come this weekend as well. Sat and Sun. 12 -4!

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07/06/2020

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Guests often ask us what this distinct looking plant in our kitchen garden is. This wonder herb is Mullein!

Although the seeds are toxic, the flowers and leaves hold medicinal benefits.

In the 18th century, the leaves and flowers were dried and used to a create a tea to soothe respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, or consumption. Mullein tea was also used for sore throats, influenza, and migraines. Using the dried leaves and flowers to create a poultice was often used to relieve the pain of arthritis and cramps. Native Americans would heat the leaves and place them on pained area.

It's "Find out Friday!" This was used as a weight to hold vegetables below the brine during the fermenting process! If v...
07/03/2020

It's "Find out Friday!" This was used as a weight to hold vegetables below the brine during the fermenting process! If vegetables are exposed to air they can turn black or spoil. You were right...I knew I would have trouble stumping you all.
Come find out about more clever colonial items this weekend Sat. And Sun. From 12-4 pm.

It's time for...."what is it Wednesday"!!!  Identify the use of this kitchen tool used in colonial times. Hope to see yo...
07/01/2020

It's time for...."what is it Wednesday"!!! Identify the use of this kitchen tool used in colonial times. Hope to see you at the museum this weekend...Sat and sun 12-4

In honor of our official phase 4 opening this weekend, we'll be shamelessly "borrowing"post ideas from our local histori...
06/30/2020

In honor of our official phase 4 opening this weekend, we'll be shamelessly "borrowing"post ideas from our local historic site colleagues. Tomorrow will be "what is it Wednesday"...testing our knowledge of items used in colonial days.
Can't wait for some guests this weekend...you need a mask for inside the house and let's stay far apart...you know drill! July 4th and 5th from 12-4!

The garlic scapes are ready...is that some garlic "heart" I see forming? Garlic LOVE♡♡♡
06/26/2020

The garlic scapes are ready...is that some garlic "heart" I see forming? Garlic LOVE♡♡♡

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06/16/2020

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Our horseradish is looking beautiful and we are counting the days until we can harvest it!

Horseradish arrived here in America with the colonists, but the real question is, why do we call it horseradish?
One theory is that farmers would allow their horses to trample and soften the roots, before the long and pungent process of grinding the roots into a spicy meat condiment.

Not only is horseradish tasty but horseradish was used to cure urinary tract infections, bronchitis, sinus congestion, and coughs. In fact, a teaspoonful of grated horseradish mixed with honey reportedly will clear a congested nose in minutes.

We remember.We are grateful for all who paid the ultimate price. Thank you.
05/23/2020

We remember.
We are grateful for all who paid the ultimate price.
Thank you.

Red Dead Nettles make handsome little wreaths. Many medicinal benefits as well. Beneficial for bees and "nettles"not sha...
05/03/2020

Red Dead Nettles make handsome little wreaths. Many medicinal benefits as well. Beneficial for bees and "nettles"not sharp....hence "dead" nettles term.

One more view before the foliage fills in.
04/25/2020

One more view before the foliage fills in.

Can't stop Mother Nature..next up is hops!
04/23/2020

Can't stop Mother Nature..next up is hops!

Up next at The Palatine House...Lady's Mantle! Stay tuned for more of the emerging herbs that sustained colonial life!
04/14/2020

Up next at The Palatine House...Lady's Mantle! Stay tuned for more of the emerging herbs that sustained colonial life!

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102 Warner Hill Rd
Schoharie, NY
12157

Telephone

+5182313471

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I am researching the Summers family (spelling that was used after they went to Canada at the time of the Rev. War). I have also found spelling as Somers for those that did not join the Loyalist ranks. I was told that the Museum might have a book on the Sommers family history. I know you are closed til the spring. Is there any other location for this book?
Coming here was always my favorite field trip during school!
NANCY AND I ENJOYED THE TOUR !!