Old Fort Johnson

Click here to edit subtitle

Old Fort Johnson is the original 1749 limestone house, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, New York Colony, built by Sir William Johnson, (Warragh-i-ya-gey), Superintendent of Indian Affairs and hero at the Battles of Lake George and Fort Niagara. 
The Old Fort was home to William, Catherine Wisenberg, Molly Brant, John Johnson and family throughout the French & Indian War. 

Photographs and line drawings of the Old Fort can be studied at the 
Historic American Buildings Survey website.
Today the Old Fort is a museum and more. Here visitors can steep themselves in the social, cultural, military and industrial past of the Mohawk Valley. And though the Old Fort has been the setting for many historical books, no fiction could be as interesting as the real story of Old Fort Johnson, presented and preserved here for all to enjoy.

Old Fort Johnson will host an Opening event on Saturday, May 16th, that will include Bread Oven baking by David Manthey, of the 2nd Albany County Militia, and a special Art Show, "Impressions of Old Fort Johnson".


The Old Fort opens for the season with a very special "Impressions of Old Fort Johnson" Art Show. Back in 2001 Old Fort Johnson partnered with local artists to record their impressions of Old Fort Johnson. The resulting show was so creative that we have long planned to repeat the event.

A dozen local artists will be participating in the Show, this year. Each has submitted one or more works capturing images of the Fort in many moods and details.The artists will be on site on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm to show and sell their original works of art.

A special 18 month calendar featuring their work,  "Impressions of Old Fort Johnson," will be available for purchase at our Visitors Center Gift Store.