Old Fort Johnson

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Saturday, May 21 ~ Hands-On History: Family Day


It's been ten years since Hurricane Irene roared through the Mohawk Valley, and we are inviting all of our friends to come celebrate what we have accomplished at Old Fort Johnson since then.  Check out our new flood walls and beautifully restored gardens.  The house will be open for tours and there will be lots of family-friendly activities, including free ice cream!  Come join us for the day. Open 10:00-4:00 pm. 

Garden Teas


Join us in the summer garden of the Fort for an afternoon tea party.  Admission is a $25.00 non-refundable donation per person and includes your choice of the finest hot and iced teas served with a tower of homemade savory sandwiches, assorted sweets, and fresh fruit.  Held indoors in case of rain. Seating is limited.  

PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE NOW REQUIRED.


Book your tea reservation by calling 518-843-0300, then send a check to confirm your seat: MCHS, PO Box 196, Ft Johnson NY 12070 


Tuesday, June 14 -   1:00 pm

Tuesday, July 12  -   1:00 pm

Tuesday, August 9 -  1:00 pm 


A Summer Concert Series: Three Hundred Years of Music in the Mohawk Valley

Three Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm in the West Parlor

June 22    Refreshment for the Mind: Music in the Johnson Household


The rooms of Fort Johnson echoed with music when Sir William Johnson lived here. Local musicians Liaisons Plaisantes bring colonial times to life with a program of music first developed for the 2011 Western Frontier Symposium. Based on extensive research in the Johnson papers, they will perform some of the songs, instrumental music and dance tunes that Johnson’s family and friends played for amusement.


July 20     Music in the Midst of Madness: Respite from the Turmoil of Civil War*


Wanda Burch read the wartime letters of hundreds of people while writing The Home Voices Speak Louder than the Drums: Dreams & the Imagination in Civil War Letters & Memoirs. Almost all of them mention music, whether written in army camps or from home. Hear their stories with images of the time, while Ron Burch on the field organ and Gisella Montanez Case, vocalist, perform the songs used as a common language in the middle of the 19th century.


August 17   A World in Ragtime*


Actor-singer Byron Nilsson and pianist Malcolm Kogut bring us into the 20th Century with a delightful program of songs and piano solos that capture the spirit of the Ragtime Era, when America’s tunesmiths found a syncopated beat and music changed forever. It all began with Scott Joplin, but once Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” became a hit in 1911, Tin Pan Alley went crazy with imitations. Spirited numbers like “That Shakespearean Rag” (which influenced T.S. Eliot), Eddie Cantor hits and other up-tempo favorites will keep your toes tapping along.

* These performances are underwritten by Individual Artist Grants from Saratoga Arts, 

funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support 

of the office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature.

Montgomery County Historical Society Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 11,  6:30-7:30 pm


Our annual gathering of the membership of the Montgomery County Historical Society is held at Old Fort Johnson on the second Wednesday of the month of September.  All current members of the Montgomery County Historical Society in good standing are invited to attend.

Tavern Night at Old Fort Johnson

Friday, September 30

4:00 - 800 pm


Celebrate the arrival of October with a tavern night at Old Fort Johnson.  We'll have local craft beers on tap, hard cider and ice tea, plus a full pulled pork BBQ dinner.  The historic house will be open until 7:00 pm for a scavenger hunt.  Outside we have 18th century tavern games on the lawn and under the tents. Your $25.00 admission includes one drink and a souvenir pint glass; additional drink tickets are available on site. Bring your friends and make it a night to remember!  


Proceeds benefit the restoration of Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark.

Old Fort Johnson is located on NYS Route 5 at its intersection with Route 67 in the Village of Fort Johnson, 

approximately one mile west of the Amsterdam City line. (GPS Address = 2 Mergner Rd, 12070)