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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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Address
129 Schoharie Street
Fort Hunter, NY 12069
Latitude 42.939854
Longitude -74.283005

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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century's greatest commercial and engineering projects. The Visitor Center exhibit traces the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State and the nation.

Within the site's boundaries are many structures dating from the three eras of the canal's development. At the eastern end of the site is the Putman Lock Stand at Yankee Hill that houses an exhibit on Erie Canal stores. The site's largest structure is the remains of the Schoharie Aqueduct, which carried the water of the Enlarged Erie Canal over the Schoharie Creek.

Schoharie Crossing is also the location of 18th century Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk village. See artifacts from that portion of our history on display at the Visitor Center.

Stop into the Visitor Center to orient yourself to the site, check out the exhibit space and gift shop.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site offers educational outreach programs as well as an on-site school field trips and special events.


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NYS Path Through History Weekend is June 18th and 19th!

All across New York various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

We will be conducting a Scavenger Hunt for those interested in exploring the site and discovering all that it has to offer.Complete the hunt and be entered into a prize drawing. Contact the site for more information and print out or up a copy of the scavenger hunt booklet.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds open dawn to dusk, year-round, weather permitting.
  • Visitor Center: Will open for the 2016 season May 1st. 

    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Site includes Schoharie Creek Aqueduct & Boat Launch, Putnam Canal Store, Yankee Hill Locks, as well as miles of towpath trails. See Trail Map for details. 

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • There is no admission fee however some fees apply for special events, educational services, tours and the use of picnic areas.

    $3/person school groups
    $3/person for tours

    Please contact the site for outreach program rates.

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Ongoing permanent exhibit: Little Short of Madness – the Story of the Erie Canal
Thomas Jefferson, like many others, thought the idea of a canal across New York was a “little short of madness.”  But with determination the state and thousands of hard working individuals created what Jesse Hawley summed up as “…the longest canal, in the least time, with the least experience, with the least amount of money, of the greatest public utility in the world.”

The exhibit also features 3D video imaging of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct remains.

Come explore the exhibit and discover the marvels of New York’s earliest engineering feats. 

In The Wake
Although it has been long known that the physical location of the 18th century Fort Hunter existed here within the space of the Visitor Center grounds, it took the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 to give the first real look at its footprints. Two new panels are now installed at the visitor center featuring information on the flood, the damage, recovery and archeological finds. Artifacts from the excavation of a Fort Hunter Blockhouse that was revealed when flood waters removed the asphalt from the parking lot are now on display.

 

Sat 01 Oct
History & Hearsay: Interesting Bits of History and Mystery
Saturday, October 1, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

History is full of mysteries and lies, not just facts. Take the tour and see if you can guess which tale is NOT true. Join site staff David on an exclusive tour of Schoharie Crossing to learn interesting bits of history as well as mystery along the canal. Test your intuition, detective skills, and see if you can spot the fib!

After the tour, enjoy some refreshments as you check out the exhibit, "Little Short of Madness," discuss with others which tale might be the lie, and then stick around for the reveal!

*The walking portion will cover about a mile on the trail and should take about 90 minutes with interpretive stops.*

Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Contact David (518) 829-7516 or david.brooks@parks.ny.gov.

Register Online by following the link https://goo.gl/forms/tI03t1nKbunaRwXs1

Tour will be canceled if raining.

Registration: Required
Tue 11 Oct
Autumn Walking Tour
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come explore the trails at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site w/ site educator David for this free Autumn Tour.

The tour covers about a mile of the historic Erie Canal towpath and will include interpretive stops along the way. Autumn is a terrific time of year to walk the trails at Schoharie Crossing, and this is a great chance to get a free tour.

Tour time is approximately 90 minutes with interpretive stops. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on grass trails.

In case of *Rain* tour will be cancelled.

**Register by following the "Ticket" link.

Tue 25 Oct
Author Jack Kelly
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Please join us as author Jack Kelly speaks on his new book Heaven's Ditch.

The Erie Canal brought economic boom and industry to New York, but it also delivered a lot more! In his new work, Kelly explores the spiritual and political upheavals along this "psychic highway" from its opening in 1825 through 1844.

From Sam Patch who became America's first celebrity daredevil to William Miller, the man who envisioned the apocalypse. The book also explores the life of farm boy Joseph Smith and his coming to give birth to Mormonism.

A page-turning narrative, Heaven's Ditch offers an excitingly fresh look at a heady, foundational moment in American history.

Tue 01 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk w/ Kelly Farquhar
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The Montgomery County - NY Historian, will speak on Anna Maria Schram, "Montgomery County's Clara Barton" in which she will explore the county's contribution to the nurses who tended to the sick & wounded soldiers during the American Civil War.

Celebrate the rich history of NY State w/ us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.

Nov 1st- Montgomery County Historian -Kelly Farquhar
Nov 8th- HVCC Professor -Matthew Zembo
Nov 15th- Historian/Researcher -Sara Evenson
Nov 22nd- UMASS Grad Student -Nolan Cool
Nov 29th- Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart

Tue 08 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk w/ Matthew Zembo
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

HVCC Professor Matthew Zembo will be here to present on The Battle of Fort Anne: "In Consequence of this Action Fort Anne was burnt and abandoned..." Usually overlooked as a minor skirmish on the way to Saratoga, the Battle of Fort Anne was one of the fiercest fire-fights of the American Revolution as 190 British Regulars fought off the determined attacks of over six times their number of American Continentals and Militia. Fort Anne is a superb example of the professionalism of the British Army and the bravery of the untried Americans in battle. Influenced by events at Fort Anne and Hubbardton, Burgoyne would make the fatal decision to halt his offensive and consolidate his army for the final push to Albany.

Celebrate the rich history of NY State w/ us during this series of talks recognizing NYS History Month.

Nov 1st- Montgomery County Historian -Kelly Farquhar
Nov 8th- HVCC Professor -Matthew Zembo
Nov 15th- Historian/Researcher -Sara Evenson
Nov 22nd- UMASS Grad Student -Nolan Cool
Nov 29th- Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Activities
    • Biking
    • Group Tours (Accessible)
    • Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Hiking (Accessible)
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • X-Country Skiing