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].

December 7th was Old-Fashioned German Christmas at the Old Lutheran Parsonage (our museum). It was COLD. Temperatures di...
12/08/2019

December 7th was Old-Fashioned German Christmas at the Old Lutheran Parsonage (our museum). It was COLD. Temperatures did not rise above the mid-twenties. A few hardy souls braved the cold and snow this year. We thank you and hope that you return to visit again. If you weren't here, we missed you, but nonetheless had a good time.

It was a beautiful day for yard work yesterday. Thank you, Youth as Leaders.
10/31/2019

It was a beautiful day for yard work yesterday. Thank you, Youth as Leaders.

Youth as Leaders visited on Wednesday, October 30th. These students from several high schools in Schoharie County worked...
10/31/2019

Youth as Leaders visited on Wednesday, October 30th. These students from several high schools in Schoharie County worked hard in and around the House, cleaning, painting, stacking wood, and doing tasks in the yard and the garden, after which they had a brief tour inside. We extend our warmest thanks for a job well done, and hope you will all come back and visit with your friends and family. Thank you!

On behalf of Palatine House Museum Director, Ted; weaver and interpreter, Jackie, and all our wonderful volunteers and f...
10/14/2019

On behalf of Palatine House Museum Director, Ted; weaver and interpreter, Jackie, and all our wonderful volunteers and friends, volunteers Jeannie and Aiden wish you farewell as our regular season ends. Keep posted for news about special events, and do contact us if you or your group wishes to visit.
We wish you all a beautiful autumn as we enjoy ours.

Another season has ended...thank you to all that visited. If you were unable to come then watch for information about ou...
10/13/2019

Another season has ended...thank you to all that visited. If you were unable to come then watch for information about our German Christmas event in December. Be well, friends!

Open today and tomorrow 12-4 and then....Columbus day weekend is our LAST weekend of the season. Again, Sat. And Sun. 12...
10/05/2019

Open today and tomorrow 12-4 and then....Columbus day weekend is our LAST weekend of the season. Again, Sat. And Sun. 12-4. Help us close out a wonderful season of learning and history.

Use this perfect Fall afternoon to learn about our colonial history...we are open until 4pm.
09/29/2019

Use this perfect Fall afternoon to learn about our colonial history...we are open until 4pm.

The sun is setting....on our regular season. 5 more weekends until Columbus Day. This is the perfect time of year to vis...
09/11/2019

The sun is setting....on our regular season. 5 more weekends until Columbus Day. This is the perfect time of year to visit...the cool breeze and changing leaves makes learning about our colonial history even more interesting. Sat and Sun 12-4 .

Our open hearth cooking weekend continues today. Please stop by!
08/25/2019

Our open hearth cooking weekend continues today. Please stop by!

Be sure to stop by for open hearth cooking demonstrations at the museum this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 2...
08/21/2019

Be sure to stop by for open hearth cooking demonstrations at the museum this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25 from 12-4 pm each day.

08/08/2019

MY DEAR BROTHER WILL

Our Museum Director will be speaking at the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie this evening at 7. He will tell the story of a diary written by a soldier in the Civil War in 1862, purchased in the mid 20th century by a Richmondville schoolgirl in that village, and laboriously transcribed by Theodore Shuart during the winter of 2018 - 2019. Come hear a fascinating story, entitled My Dear Brother Will, told by an excellent storyteller.

The weather report for this weekend looks perfect for a tour of the Palatine House. You can see the progress Jackie has ...
08/08/2019

The weather report for this weekend looks perfect for a tour of the Palatine House. You can see the progress Jackie has made on the loom and enjoy and trip into history!

A wreath of tansy will welcome guests but repell pests!
08/01/2019

A wreath of tansy will welcome guests but repell pests!

This is an excerpt from “Thumbnail Sketches of the Schoharie Valley” that features information that will come to life by...
07/25/2019

This is an excerpt from “Thumbnail Sketches of the Schoharie Valley” that features information that will come to life by visiting the Palatine House Living Museum for a tour. Open Saturday and Sunday 12-4 pm.

Please attend this lovely event this Saturday and patronize these incredible craftsmen.
07/18/2019

Please attend this lovely event this Saturday and patronize these incredible craftsmen.

The Schoharie Free Library has easy to find historical information about Schoharie with books marked with a green dot. G...
07/18/2019

The Schoharie Free Library has easy to find historical information about Schoharie with books marked with a green dot. Green dot books have the word “Schoharie” in them and may refer to the village, town or county. Love the library! :)

All of the information on herbs recommend to keep lemon balm trimmed because it is very prolific. Really? I hadn’t notic...
07/10/2019

All of the information on herbs recommend to keep lemon balm trimmed because it is very prolific. Really? I hadn’t noticed. ;)

Come learn about many different aspects of the American experience at the Palatine House Museum (a.k.a. the Old Lutheran...
07/04/2019

Come learn about many different aspects of the American experience at the Palatine House Museum (a.k.a. the Old Lutheran Parsonage). Open Saturday and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.

Don’t miss wool processing this weekend. Jackie will be washing raw wool and preparing it for spinning. Hands-on weaving...
06/25/2019

Don’t miss wool processing this weekend. Jackie will be washing raw wool and preparing it for spinning. Hands-on weaving activities will be available also. 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

The spring looking magical in the sunshine.
06/25/2019

The spring looking magical in the sunshine.

Ooooo....so that's why hops need a pole! :0
06/21/2019

Ooooo....so that's why hops need a pole! :0

Come down the path to 1743 and Schoharie County colonial history at the Palatine House this weekend.
06/15/2019

Come down the path to 1743 and Schoharie County colonial history at the Palatine House this weekend.

Harvested some herbs today. The hops are racing up the pole! Another chance to visit next weekend. Sat. And sun. 12-4
06/09/2019

Harvested some herbs today. The hops are racing up the pole! Another chance to visit next weekend. Sat. And sun. 12-4

Landis arboretum posted this pic. of a burl. Early settlers carved these into wooden bowls. Although irregularly shaped,...
06/01/2019

Landis arboretum posted this pic. of a burl. Early settlers carved these into wooden bowls. Although irregularly shaped, they made large vessels that were great for mixing and no part of the tree was wasted!

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 Worl...
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 well ...
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.

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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 !!