On March 14, 2019 the French and Indian War fortification known as Fort Wood Creek was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Wood Creek, located on the Rome Historical Society’s Fort Bull property, dates to 1756 when it was constructed by the British to replace Fort Bull after it had been attacked and destroyed by 362 French and their Native allies. [Read more…] about Fort Wood Creek Named to National Register
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has released a New York State Canalway Water Trail Guidebook and Navigational Map Set.
The complimentary guidebook and maps include a mile-by-mile description of launch sites, paddler-friendly facilities and amenities, and places of interest for over 450 miles of the NYS Canal System, which opened Friday, including the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego and Champlain canals. [Read more…] about New Paddling Guidebook for State Canal System
The Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference has been set for June 6-9, 2019. This is the fifth year the Fort Plain Museum has held the conference. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley American Revolution Conference In June
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced the launch of the Canalway Challenge, a new initiative that invites people to trace history while tracking miles walking, running, cycling or paddling on the New York State Canal System and Canalway Trail.
The free program includes a range of mileage options – 15 miles, 90 miles, 180 miles, and 360 miles – so that people at all fitness levels can choose a mileage goal that suits their ability and participate. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Challenge Launched
Representatives of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and New York State Canal Corporation were joined by local officials recently to unveil a new three-sided sign at the Seneca Harbor Park in Watkins Glen.
The sign shares the history of Watkins Glen as a canal town and includes a walk zone map to help visitors find nearby services. [Read more…] about Canal Town History Sign Unveiled in Watkins Glen
Just North of Rome, at the site of the current New York State Fish Hatchery, the modern cheese industry is said to have been born in 1851. Jesse Williams was a successful farmer and cheese maker but believed by working together as cooperative dairies, farmers could maximize their profits.
This led him to start what is believed to be the first cheese factory in the United States, a move that revolutionized agriculture not only locally, but across the nation. [Read more…] about Jesse Williams’ Cheese Factory Revolutionized Modern Cheesemaking
The Old Stone Fort Museum’s 130th Anniversary and Opening Weekend Celebration has been set for Saturday, May 4, with a full day of living history programs, a special ribbon cutting ceremony and birthday cake. [Read more…] about Old Stone Fort 130th Anniversary Celebration
The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center in Fort Hunter, NY, is set to re-open for the 2019 season on Wednesday, May 1st at 10 am.
Visitors can witness the engineering marvel of the Erie Canal and check out the “Pathway to Empire” exhibit as well as artifacts from the colonial Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk Village. Schoharie Crossing is a good place to witness Erie Canal history and enjoy a day walking the towpath trails, kayaking the creek, cycling the Canalway trail, or just enjoying a picnic and time with family and friends. [Read more…] about Schoharie Crossing Historic Site Opening May 1st
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt’s appointments of seven individuals to serve three year terms on the Commission of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor Commissioners Appointed
The Annual Schoharie County Historical Society Spring Program Meeting has been set for Sunday, April 28 at 2 pm at the Old Stone Fort Museum, located at 145 Fort Road in Schoharie. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Following a brief business meeting in the museum’s Badgley Annex, meeting participants will then be invited to tour the Old Stone Fort Museum and receive an update on the site’s progress over the last 12 months. [Read more…] about Schoharie Co Historical Spring Meeting at Old Stone Fort