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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

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.

 

*Winter Writing Contest*

For the 2016 Schoharie Crossing Writing Contest, express your own interpretation of a travelers' experience on their Erie Canal journey in a poem.

Use your knowledge of the Erie Canal to compose a poem that illustrates fact based understanding of the social, economic and engineering systems that were a part of traveling across New York State on the canal.

Learn more: Winter Writing Contest

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 140Fort 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 07 May
I Love My Park Day!
Saturday, May 7, 2016 08:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Come show your love for Schoharie Crossing and volunteer some time on site for I Love My Park Day!

Project Around the Visitor Center will need some green-thumb love! We are also anticipating a special project at Yankee Hill Locks to welcome visitors throughout the season.

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Janice at the site for more details.

Registration: Required
Tue 24 May
National Audubon Society Presentation
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us in May for a terrific presentation by the Capital Region Audubon Society. Birders know that the region is terrific for the varied species that can be found, and here at Schoharie Crossing we have a tremendous birding habitat complete with waterways, wetlands, reforested spaces and more.

The Audubon Society connects the enthusiasm for birding with the conservation of resources and bird habitat.

This local chapter of the National Audubon Society is dedicated to the protection, conservation and enjoyment of birds, wildlife and the environment in the Capital Region of New York State. Their mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

 http://www.capitalregionaudubon.org/

A brief Friends Meeting will take place just prior to the speaker.

Refreshments will be provided.

Meet in the Enders House at Schoharie Crossing

Thu 02 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 2, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - FREE

Come join in the fun for the 2nd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local Musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock: 553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

Sat 04 Jun
Kayak & Canoe Expedition
Saturday, June 4, 2016 09:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Join us again in 2016 for a terrific National Trails Day event. ECOS: The Environmental Clearinghouse and the Friends of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site have partnered for this event which will highlight the beauty and nature of the Schoharie Creek & Mohawk River.

Arrive by 9am at the Schoharie Crossing Boat-launch to embark on a wonderful tour of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River. Friends member John will provide historical context to the waterways and remaining features of the Erie Canal, Railroads and bridges. Patrick from ECOS will educate on the environmental aspects of the waterways.

The expedition will venture along the creek and then into the Mohawk River & today's Erie Canal. The group will Lock through E12 in Tribes Hill and journey past the Pepper Islands to reach Yankee Hill. Please arrange for transportation back to the boat launch. Contact John Naple popsandnanna@gmail.com for more details.

The expedition will launch from the SXSHS Boat Launch on Hartley Lane in the Town of Glen. Access the parking just off Rt. 5S across from Karen's Produce & Ice Cream

*Must have an approved floatation device in order to participate in this event.

All Ages Welcome. A FREE event!

Thu 09 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 9, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site - FREE

Come join in the fun for the 2nd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local Musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock: 553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

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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