Old Fort Johnson

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Old Fort Johnson 

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 museum@oldfortjohnson.org


Old Fort Johnson 2018 Museum Season: 

May 16-October 14

Open Wed-Sat 10:00-4:00 and Sun 1:00-5:00 pm
(Last tour of the day begins one hour before closing time)

2018 Events:

Holiday Open House at Old Fort Johnson

Saturday November 24, 1:00-5:00 pm


This year celebrate the beginning of the holidays with an afternoon Open House at Sir William’s 1749 home.  We will be open to show off our holiday decorations with live seasonal music and light refreshments. Bring your friends and family to start off the holidays, and stop into our holiday shop to find the perfect gifts.   Suggested donation of $5.00.

Holiday Tea at Old Fort Johnson - Saturday, December 1

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.   $30.00 donation per person.  Seating is NOW SOLD OUT!

Due to the popularity of this event, non-refundable PRE-PAID Reservations are required

Call 843-0300 for details.

For all ticketed events:  

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.

2018 Events Archive:

Fall Harvest Festival :  Saturday, October 13
, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Celebrate the fall harvest and take advantage of your last chance of the season to visit our museum and 1918 exhibit.  Open house with outdoor baking, fresh apple cider pressing and other family activities. Food available for purchase.

Free admission all day, although donations are always welcome.

A Taste of History:   Saturday, September 22, 5:30-7:30 pm

Our annual fall fundraiser features over a dozen of our favorite historic soups, along with freshly baked breads and homemade pies. Enjoy amazing regional cooking while supporting the preservation of Old Fort Johnson. Limited seating, advance tickets recommended. Limited seating, advance tickets recommended.

Admission includes unlimited soup samples, bread, pie, beverage and a special souvenir mug.  Held rain or shine under tents in our beautiful gardens.

$25 adults, $10 children (ages 5-12)   

Buy tickets online - click here

Montgomery County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 12,  6:30-8:30 pm

Our annual gathering of the membership of the Montgomery County Historical Society will include a special concert and reception in the Old Fort.  Invitations will be mailed out in August to all current members of the Montgomery County Historical Society in good standing.

"Keep the Home Fires Burning" - A short program of World War I music featuring Carle Kopecky, Ron Burch, and Diane Baltazar on double-bell euphonium, keyboard & woodwinds, and Gisella Montanez-Case, vocalist.  Hear the songs of the Great War as we mark the centennial of WWI.

Evenings at the Fort:   3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm

June 20      "Sammy Doughboy Remembers"  


Robert E. Mulligan, Jr., former Curator of Military History at the NYS Museum, brings us the sights, places and events of World War One as experienced by soldiers from New York State.  His talk will be illustrated with high quality sepia images taken from the weekly New York Times rotogravure section. 

All lectures are free to MCHS members, $2.00 donation for others.


Evenings at the Fort:   3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm

July 18    “Natural Cures from the Garden”

Betty Pillsbury, herbalist and NOFA organic gardener from Green Spiral Herbs in Middleburgh, shares stories of the many native and natural cures for ailments that you can grow in your garden. Punch and cookies will be served on the lawn after the talk, and attendees are invited to explore the gardens of Old Fort Johnson. Many of the herbs and flowers grown here in the 18th century were used for medicinal or household purposes.  Plant labels developed by our volunteers provide the details.

All lectures are free to MCHS members, $2.00 donation for others.

Evenings at the Fort:   3rd Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 pm
August 15  “Ladies of the Mohawk Valley: Molly Brant, Clarissa Putman and Others”

Paul Gorgen, a board member of Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community, shares his research on the complex interrelationships between Mohawks and Europeans in 17th-18th century Mohawk River Valley. Come learn more about the worlds of Molly Brant, Clarissa Putman, the Johnson family, and other settlers in this region. The lives of native Mohawks were more closely interwoven with those of their Rona’sharó:nih (European) neighbors than you might have thought.

 All lectures are free to MCHS members, $2.00 donation for others.

Summer Garden Teas

Join us on the second Tuesdays of the summer months for Tea in the gardens of Old Fort Johnson. The cost is $25.00 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.  PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE NOW REQUIRED.


Book your tea reservation by calling 518-843-0300. 


June 12 -  Afternoon Tea 1:00 pm
July 10 -  Afternoon Tea 1:00 pm  SOLD OUT!!
August 14 - Afternoon Tea 1:00 pm  SOLD OUT!!

Beers with Billy: An Old Fort Johnson Tavern Night

Friday, June 29 5:30-9:00 pm    


Billy Johnson, age 23, arrived in the Mohawk Valley June 1738.  Help us celebrate his arrival with a midsummer party on the lawn of Old Fort Johnson featuring Wolf Hollow craft beers, homemade BBQ and a variety of 18th century tavern games.  Proceeds benefit our Restoration Fund. 

$25.00 admission includes a pint of Wolf Hollow's finest brew, pulled pork barbecue & 3 sides, dessert and a souvenir glass. Tickets required in advance.  Available online through Eventbrite.

August 25 - Outdoor Movie - “Drums Along the Mohawk” 7:30 pm

A classic tale of the Mohawk Valley returns to the big screen. Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert are newlyweds who settle on the frontier in 1776.  They soon find themselves in the middle of the American Revolution, with attacks from Tories and Native Americans threatening their neighbors and their future. Donations accepted.

Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy our gardens beforehand!   Popcorn & refreshments available on site. Bring your favorite lawn chair, bug spray and a blanket for enjoying a movie in the great outdoors. Event is free & open to all.