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].

The late morning sun brought out the nuances of Mother Nature's verdant palette, while white and yellow blossoms vied fo...
05/11/2019

The late morning sun brought out the nuances of Mother Nature's verdant palette, while white and yellow blossoms vied for our attention.

It was a beautiful day to get some more work done both within and without the house, as we get ready for your visit. We ...
05/11/2019

It was a beautiful day to get some more work done both within and without the house, as we get ready for your visit. We will be open soon.

....ahhhh, Spring!
05/11/2019

....ahhhh, Spring!

Imagine the sermons and community meetings that were heard in the main room of the Old Lutheran Parsonage by Rev. Sommer...
05/02/2019

Imagine the sermons and community meetings that were heard in the main room of the Old Lutheran Parsonage by Rev. Sommers....

Beds are made. Kitchen is clean. Ready to learn about life in 1743? Come visit the Old Lutheran  Parsonage. Opening for ...
04/30/2019

Beds are made. Kitchen is clean. Ready to learn about life in 1743? Come visit the Old Lutheran Parsonage. Opening for tours Memorial Day weekend!

Seasoned cast iron, some herbs are up and some yarn ready to weave with...almost ready to experience life in 1743. Palat...
04/25/2019

Seasoned cast iron, some herbs are up and some yarn ready to weave with...almost ready to experience life in 1743. Palatine House will be opening for tours Memorial Day weekend! See you soon!

The herb garden will soon have labels!
04/23/2019

The herb garden will soon have labels!

“Dandelions were considered so essential for cooking and medicine that every Puritan woman brought seeds to the New Wo...
04/14/2019

“Dandelions were considered so essential for cooking and medicine that every Puritan woman brought seeds to the New World. The Puritans were not the only group to bring dandelions to America. German, French, and Dutch colonists grew this valuable plant in their kitchen gardens” (From University of Illinois...Immigrant Plants)

Sommers monument in Lutheran cemetery adjacent to Old Lutheran Parsonage. Look through the history of the cemetery even ...
03/27/2019

Sommers monument in Lutheran cemetery adjacent to Old Lutheran Parsonage. Look through the history of the cemetery even before the museum opens for the season!

03/24/2019

Love how Travis Bowman described the journey of the Palatine people through the Schoharie Valley at his lecture at The Mabee Farm yesterday! You can enhance your experience by visiting our living history museum this season! Opening Memorial Day weekend 2019!

Volunteers and staff got together today to determine what needs to be done to get the museum ready and looking like peop...
03/16/2019

Volunteers and staff got together today to determine what needs to be done to get the museum ready and looking like people live there for opening day. Lots of time was spent brainstorming, dreaming up ideas for this year's programming, and just plain enjoying one another and our beautiful historic site.
Warming themselves around the kitchen fire are, from left to right, volunteer Beth Orlop, museum interpreter Jackie Manley, museum director Ted Shuart, and volunteers Jean Scofield and Jake Manley.

03/16/2019

Warm weather, sunshine, and snow melt all pitched in today to help the stream sparkle as she danced over the rocks, singing the Song of Spring!

The Ides of March, 2019 : sunny and wonderful, with temperatures over 60F. A great day to open the windows, air out, and...
03/16/2019

The Ides of March, 2019 : sunny and wonderful, with temperatures over 60F. A great day to open the windows, air out, and warm up the Domine's place as a first step on the way to spring activities.

Autumn. Winter. March could be a very dangerous month in 1743...last of winter food supply, wood supply is wet and spars...
02/15/2019

Autumn. Winter. March could be a very dangerous month in 1743...last of winter food supply, wood supply is wet and sparse...prayers for Spring.

Plenty of water in the spring, temperatures are comfortable...might be time for the first bath of the year in colonial t...
02/07/2019

Plenty of water in the spring, temperatures are comfortable...might be time for the first bath of the year in colonial times. Boil the water, fill the tub and everyone take a turn! Don't throw the baby out with the bath water! ;)

Palatine House Museum's cover photo
01/26/2019

Palatine House Museum's cover photo

Timeline Photos
01/17/2019

Timeline Photos

Check out the Times Journal this week for a lovely review of this weekends holiday events. Thanks for keeping us warm Jo...
12/05/2018

Check out the Times Journal this week for a lovely review of this weekends holiday events. Thanks for keeping us warm John and Jacob and your costumes were wonderful.

...”and I in my cap, had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.” Thank you friends, for a wonderful season. Be...
12/02/2018

...”and I in my cap, had just settled down for a long winter’s nap.” Thank you friends, for a wonderful season. Be well and be merry.

Beautiful colonial Christmas celebration.
12/01/2018

Beautiful colonial Christmas celebration.

Please join us for a German inspired Colonial Christmas at The Palatine House museum. Saturday, December 1st starting at...
11/28/2018

Please join us for a German inspired Colonial Christmas at The Palatine House museum. Saturday, December 1st starting at 1pm.

Almost time to be merry...
11/21/2018

Almost time to be merry...

Colonial Christmas celebration at The Palatine House Museum is for children too! Stringing cranberries, listening to hol...
11/20/2018

Colonial Christmas celebration at The Palatine House Museum is for children too! Stringing cranberries, listening to holiday stories, delicious cookies and gingerbread decorating are just a few activities planned.

Preparing for winter in Colonial times included nuts and root vegetables. Also some cured meats and tons of fire wood, y...
11/17/2018

Preparing for winter in Colonial times included nuts and root vegetables. Also some cured meats and tons of fire wood, you would be ready to go!

Palatine House Museum's cover photo
11/14/2018

Palatine House Museum's cover photo

The beauty of an Advent wreath...
11/10/2018

The beauty of an Advent wreath...

Thank you to all who attended the Drive-about fundraiser! There is still a few hours to enjoy our rich Schoharie history...
11/03/2018

Thank you to all who attended the Drive-about fundraiser! There is still a few hours to enjoy our rich Schoharie history!

Timeline Photos
11/02/2018

Timeline Photos

11/02/2018

Visit Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association on Facebook for details about a “drive about” event. Tour a variety of local historical homes and buildings Nov. 3rd from 10-4pm.

The ripening pumpkin signifies the end of our regular season. Stay tuned for information on our German Christmas celebra...
10/13/2018

The ripening pumpkin signifies the end of our regular season. Stay tuned for information on our German Christmas celebration.

Have you ever been annoyed by a stubborn stain from tea, beets or grass? Well these natural pigments enabled our colonia...
10/07/2018

Have you ever been annoyed by a stubborn stain from tea, beets or grass? Well these natural pigments enabled our colonial ancestors to bring color into their textiles or make “ink” to use with their quill pens! Learn more about colonial life at the 1743 Palatine House. Open Sat. And Sun. 12-4 pm. Schoharie NY.

This is colonial living at the 1743 Palatine House. Open Sat and sun. 12-4 pm. This is our our last weekend of the seaso...
10/06/2018

This is colonial living at the 1743 Palatine House. Open Sat and sun. 12-4 pm. This is our our last weekend of the season. Don’t miss it!

In colonial time washing was a difficult task. Using beautiful breezy fall days to air out your quilts, blankets and lar...
09/22/2018

In colonial time washing was a difficult task. Using beautiful breezy fall days to air out your quilts, blankets and large textiles was a gift from nature.

As the last summer sunset descends upon the museum plan a visit for the best time of year for learning about our colonia...
09/21/2018

As the last summer sunset descends upon the museum plan a visit for the best time of year for learning about our colonial heritage...fall!! Tours given Sat. And Sun. 12-4!

Timeline Photos
09/15/2018

Timeline Photos

09/15/2018

You still have another day to attend the antique show at Depot Lane in Schoharie. Proceeds from admissions fund the wonderful programming and facilities of the Palatine House Living Museum and the Railroad Museum . 11-4 on Sunday. Hunt for antique treasures and even have a delightful lunch from the kitchen.

Jackie is here today, doing domestic chores the old-fashioned way. She'll be here until 4 or so.
09/15/2018

Jackie is here today, doing domestic chores the old-fashioned way. She'll be here until 4 or so.

Jackie will be bustling around the Palatine house today from noon til 4 P.M. engaging in the domestic arts of long ago S...
09/08/2018

Jackie will be bustling around the Palatine house today from noon til 4 P.M. engaging in the domestic arts of long ago Schoharie afternoons. There is a good chance there will be a fire on the hearth to chase the chill and damp, and there is a very good chance that if you care to learn something, you will!

This may look like a pile of corn husks ready for the compost pile but to a little child in colonial time this could be ...
09/01/2018

This may look like a pile of corn husks ready for the compost pile but to a little child in colonial time this could be a family of corn husk dolls. Come learn about the life of colonial children at The Palatine House Living Museum.

Are you preserving the bounty from your garden? This is an excerpt from “The Art of Cookery” by Hannah Glasse which ...
08/30/2018

Are you preserving the bounty from your garden? This is an excerpt from “The Art of Cookery” by Hannah Glasse which instructs colonial wives on how to preserve cabbage. Preserving food was critical for the colonists to survive the winter.

Some of the herbs may be going to seed but the season for visits is not over yet. The weather looks beautiful this weeke...
08/23/2018

Some of the herbs may be going to seed but the season for visits is not over yet. The weather looks beautiful this weekend for a visit to 1743!

This drizzly Saturday, a cheerful, little blaze on the hearth dispels the damp,  while the garden shows signs of new lif...
06/23/2018

This drizzly Saturday, a cheerful, little blaze on the hearth dispels the damp, while the garden shows signs of new life (corn and squash!), and lilies grace the bank of the spring.

05/27/2018

Come in out of the rain and into history at the museum today. We are open from noon 'til 4:00 p.m.

Mother Nature has decked the grounds of the museum with pastel flowers and all manner of verdure for our opening this Me...
05/23/2018

Mother Nature has decked the grounds of the museum with pastel flowers and all manner of verdure for our opening this Memorial Day Weekend. Come and see, come listen to the music of the little waterfall, and come meet our new director, Schoharie County Historian, Ted Shuart.

Tiny beauties confirm that spring is truly unfolding at the Palatine House.
04/28/2018

Tiny beauties confirm that spring is truly unfolding at the Palatine House.

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102 Warner Hill Rd
Schoharie, NY
12157

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+5182313471

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