Old Fort Johnson
2017 Calendar of Events
Old Fort Johnson is located at the intersection of Routes 5 & 67 in the Village of Fort Johnson, approximately one mile west of Amsterdam.
For more information on any of the events listed below please call 518-843-0300 or e-mail [email protected]
Old Fort Johnson
May 17-October 15Open Wed-Sat 10:00-4:00 and Sun 1:00-5:00 pm
Celebrate the fall harvest and take advantage of your last chance of the season to visit our museum and turnpike exhibit. Open house with outdoor baking, fresh apple cider pressing and other family activities. Free admission all day, although donations are always welcome.
“Home Voices: The American Civil War Experience through Words & Music”
Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm
This year we will celebrate NY Archives Month with a very special candlelight program. Wanda Burch and John Kenosian, with guest artist, Gisella Montanez-Case, bring 19th century voices to life in this program of Civil War era music and original readings from the letters and journals of soldiers at the front. Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Suggested $10.00 donation at the door; no reservations needed.
Holiday Open House at Old Fort Johnson
Saturday November 25, 3:00-7:00 pm
This year celebrate the beginning of the holidays with a special one-evening only Open House Reception at Sir William’s 1749 house. We will be open from the late afternoon through the early evening to show off our decorations by candlelight. Bring your friends and family to visit. Light refreshments, music and our holiday gift shop will be open. Suggested donation of $5.00.
Holiday Tea at Old Fort Johnson - Saturday, December 2
Seatings at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned tea party in the decorated rooms of
Old Fort Johnson. Enjoy tea & a tasty tower of sweets
& savories for a good cause: all proceeds support the restoration of the
Old Fort. $25.00 donation per person.
Seating is limited!
Due to the popularity of this event, non-refundable PRE-PAID Reservations are required –
Call 843-0300 for details.
Turnpike Days Country Fair: Saturday, June 3 10:00-4:00
Join us for a day of good old-fashioned fun at our Turnpike Days Country Fair. The Adirondack A's are bringing their Model A Fords down to visit the craftspeople, spinners, blacksmiths and others in our gardens. Our master baker, David Manthey, will be creating his usual array of extraordinary culinary masterpieces in our
outdoor oven. Our volunteers will be selling plants for your garden at home. And inside the Fort we’ve expanded our seasonal exhibit about the
Mohawk Turnpike, New York's first Thruway along the Indian path that became Route 5. Admission for the day is free, although donations are always welcomed!
A Mohawk Turnpike Tavern Night
Friday, July 21 5:30-9:00 pm
New this year!! Bring your
friends and join us on the lawn of Old Fort Johnson for a summer’s evening of Wolf
Hollow craft beers, Buzzards Bay BBQ and a variety of tavern games.
Proceeds benefit our Restoration Fund.
$25.00 admission includes a pint of Wolf Hollow's finest brew, pulled pork or BBQ chicken on a bun, 3 sides, dessert and a souvenir glass. Tickets required in advance.
Buy tickets online through Eventbrite, purchase them at the Fort during normal business hours or send a check the old-fashioned way & we will send the tickets to you. Our snail mail address is
PO Box 196, Fort Johnson NY 12070.
August 26 - Outdoor Movie - “Unconquered” 7:30 pm
Sir William Johnson shows up halfway through this
classic 1947 adventure produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The story follows the struggles between Europeans and Native Americans on the western frontier of colonial America (mostly around Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh during Pontiac’s Rebellion.)
Gary Cooper is Captain Christopher Holden, our hero, & Paulette Goddard is Abby Hale, an English indentured servant on her own. Holden buys her freedom; his nemesis (Howard DaSilva) kidnaps her and takes her off to the Pennsylvania frontier where he is involved in illegal gun sales. Holden get involved in the conflict and soon is reunited with Abby after many thrilling adventures.
Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy our gardens beforehand! Ice cream & popcorn available on site.
Don’t forget to bring your favorite lawn chair, bug spray and a blanket for enjoying a movie in the great outdoors. Event is free & open to all.
Evenings at the Fort: 3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
June 21 “18th Century Gardens: Linnaeus & American Plants”
Local author Anita Sanchez looks at the Swedish naturalist Carolus Linnaeus who was fascinated by native American plants like goldenrod & poison ivy. His student Pehr Kalm visited Sir William Johnson and others to gather New World plants for Linnaeus’s “textbook” garden.
The gardens at Old Fort Johnson incorporate herbs and flowers that are documented as growing in this area in the 18th century. Punch and cookies will be served on the lawn after the talk, and attendees are invited to explore the gardens and read the detailed plant labels developed by our volunteers.
Evenings at the Fort: 3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
July 19 History Mystery: The Vindication of Lewis M. Roach
In December 1912 an elderly farmer John Barrett was brutally murdered in his house on McKinley Road in Palatine Bridge. A year later, farmhand Lewis Roach was convicted for the crime. He was electrocuted at Sing Sing, despite a petition to the governor from 11,000 county residents asking that his life be spared. Fonda native Tara Hime Norman explores the local gossip, legal machinations and inept investigations that led to the death of an innocent man for a crime he could not have committed. Are enough clues left to know who really did it? Her book on the murder will be available for sale after the talk.
“Road Food in Early America: Before Mickey D's”
So you are traveling by coach across New York State in the early 1800s. Where can you find something to eat? Sara Evenson, a local food historian, guides us through the menu options available to travelers in early Mohawk Valley inns and roadside taverns, in the days before fast food.
Tuesday Garden Teas
Join us on the second Tuesdays of the summer months for Tea in the gardens of Old Fort Johnson. The cost is $20.00 per person and includes your choice of tea, savory sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh fruit. Held indoors in case of rain. Seating is limited and places fill quickly. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Book your tea reservation by calling 518-843-0300.
June 13 - Afternoon Tea 1:00 pm
July 11 - Afternoon Tea 1:00 pm SOLD OUT!
Montgomery County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-8:30 pm
Our annual gathering of the membership of the Montgomery County Historical Society will be a special candlelight reception in the Old Fort exclusively for current members of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Invitations will be mailed out in August to all memberships in good standing.
A Taste of History: Saturday, September 23, 5:30-7:30 pm
Our annual fall fundraiser features a sampler of over two dozen of the county’s best homemade soups, breads and pies. Enjoy amazing regional cooking, while supporting the preservation of Old Fort Johnson.
Limited seating, advance tickets recommended.
$20 adults, $10 children includes soup samples, bread,
pie, beverage and a
special limited edition commemorative mug.
Held rain or shine under tents in our beautiful gardens.