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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.

 

Tue 26 Jul
Canal Camp 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Canal Camp a one day program at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.  The Camp is for children ages 7-12 and will feature a Nature & History Walk, crafts, and games.  Please bring a bagged lunch, wear proper walking footwear and apply sunscreen & bug spray prior to drop off.

There is a $3.00 registration fee. Space is limited –Register here: http://goo.gl/forms/KTToMSwdENULM2KA2

For more information please contact David or Haleigh at (518)829-7516 or david.brooks@parks.ny.gov.  

Registration: Required
Sun 31 Jul
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, July 31, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at Schoharie Crossing.

Each storyteller shares with the audience wonderful tales that will captivate those of all ages.

Find out more by contacting the site: (518) 829-7516 or SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov 

July 31- Elizabeth Ellis
August 7- Joe Bruchac
August 14- Regi Carpenter
August 21- Lyn Ford
August 28- Tom Lowry
September 4- *No Show*
September 11- Margaret French

Sun 07 Aug
Not Just for Kids Storytelling
Sunday, August 7, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center - Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Join us for another terrific year of Not Just for Kids Storytelling at Schoharie Crossing.

Each storyteller shares with the audience wonderful tales that will captivate those of all ages.

Find out more by contacting the site: (518) 829-7516 or SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov 

July 31- Elizabeth Ellis
August 7- Joe Bruchac
August 14- Regi Carpenter
August 21- Lyn Ford
August 28- Tom Lowry
September 4- *No Show*
September 11- Margaret French

Wed 10 Aug
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Author and Educator Anita Sanchez will take you on a walk to identify both common and uncommon flowers, as well as discuss their interrelationships with wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. She will also discuss about how people have used plants throughout history, for medicine, food, and magic. There is a $3.00 Suggested Donation for this program. Contact the site for more information

Sat 13 Aug
Musical Morphine w/ Robin Russell Gaiser
Saturday, August 13, 2016 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come learn the healing power of music with author Robin Gaiser, a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP), who provides therapeutic music to those in need. She tailors her live, acoustic music to the needs of each patient, offering a centering, often profoundly spiritual respite for them (and their families, caregivers, and friends) from the pain, fear, and confusion that frequently accompany those that are ill.

Pisgah Press and Talking Book, will release print and audio versions of Gaisers' work, Musical Morphine: Transforming Pain One Note at a Time, in the summer of 2016.  For more on her work, visit: www.robingaiser.com

For more information contact David @ david.brooks@parks.ny.gov or 518-829-7516

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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