Johnson Hall State Historic Site in Johnstown has announced their 2018 schedule of events. Events include workshops, presentations, a concert, and more.
Scheduled events include:
On June 16, a Hands-On History Day will be held, where colonial toys and games can be enjoyed at noon, 18th century trade bale at 1:30 pm, and quill pen writing at 3 pm. This is a Path Through History Weekend event, in conjunction with Johnstown Historical Society programming. Admission is free, but donations to help support the event will be greatly appreciated.
On Saturday, July 14, presentations on Disease, Death and Mourning in the 18th Century will observe the July 11, 1774 death of Sir William Johnson during an Open House. At 11:30 am Anne Clothier will speak on “Maladies, Medicine and Mortality in Upstate New York, 1750-1850”. At 1 pm “18th Century Medicine and Surgery” will be discussed by Paul Supley. At 2:30 pm Wade Wells will present “Funeral and Mourning Practices of the Period”, and will accompany the casket in the White Parlor throughout the day. The Hall will be draped in mourning on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations to help support the event will be greatly appreciated.
The first annual Chocolate and Dessert Concert, a fundraising event of The Friends of Johnson Hall, will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 6:30 pm. Participants will sample a variety of 18th century hot chocolate drinks made by Paul Supley of Van Wyck Chocolate House. Culinary historian Sara Evenson will provide fresh-baked Pippin pies and biscuits with crabapple jelly, made with heirloom apples from the Johnson Hall orchards, followed by a concert of 18th century music by Liaison Plaisantes. This is limited to 40 participants – pre-registration and pre-payment of $25 required, payable to the Friends of Johnson Hall.
Johnson Hall’s final day for tours for the 2018 season in Sunday, October 7.
An Open-Hearth Baking for the Holiday Workshop will be offered on Saturday, November 3 at 10 am. Culinary historian Sara Evenson will lead this hands-on 18th century baking class in the slave quarters. Participants will prepare a small variety of delights that would have been enjoyed during a colonial Christmas. A fundraising event of The Friends of Johnson Hall, the workshop is limited to 4 participants – pre-registration and $100 pre-payment required, payable to the Friends of Johnson Hall.
A second workshop on Wheat Christmas Ornaments will be offered on Saturday, November 10 at 10 am. Beverly Cornelius shares her skill in creating ornaments from wheat and ash. Participants will make several ornaments including a wheat star and an ash reindeer. A fundraising event of The Friends of Johnson Hall, it is limited to 10 participants – pre-registration and $50 pre-payment required, payable to the Friends of Johnson Hall.
On Friday, November 30 the annual Holiday Open House will welcome visitors from 5 to 8:30 pm, featuring holiday decorations, period music, horse-drawn wagon rides, and holiday gift-shopping, with historic chocolate-making, mulled cider and cookies served fireside in the slaves quarter. This event is in conjunction with Johnstown’s Colonial Stroll activities. Admission is free, but donations to help support the event will be greatly appreciated.
Christmas Spirits will be presented the following evening, Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 to 8 pm, featuring a festive gathering with period music, sampling of holiday foods and drinks of the 18th century, and games with prizes. Pre-registration and pre-payment to be announced. A fundraising event of The Friends of Johnson Hall, Christmas Spirits will support the ongoing historic restoration of Johnson Hall.
Johnson Hall was the 1763 Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant and their family. Sir William (1715 – 1774) was the largest landowner and most influential individual in the colonial Mohawk Valley. His success in dealing with the Six Nations had a lasting impact on their relationship with the English, and largely influenced England’s victory in the Anglo-French struggle for control of colonial North America. The main house and flanking stonehouses, originally surrounded by a 700 acre farm, now interpret the Johnson family through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events.
Johnson Hall is located at 139 Hall Ave, Johnstown. For more information, email JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov, or call (518) 872-8712.
Photo of Johnson Hall provided.