During the Civil War, Colonel Simeon Sammons received authority to recruit a regiment in the counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Saratoga, with headquarters at Fonda. On August 26, 1862, it mustered into the service of the United States for three years as the 115th New York Infantry Regiment, known as the “Iron-Hearted Regiment.” [Read more…] about The 115th New York: The Iron Hearted Regiment During The Civil War
On this episode of A New York Minute in History, Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts visit New York’s oldest continuously operating courthouse, located in the City of Johnstown in Fulton County.
Built in 1772 by Sir William Johnson, the Fulton County Courthouse has seen the transition from British colonial rule to the establishment of the United States, and 250 years of legal history. Among the important judges to hold court at the courthouse include Daniel Cady, the father of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was heavily influenced by legal cases which demonstrated how few rights women had in the 19th Century. [Read more…] about Fulton County Courthouse: Some History
At that ceremony wreaths are lain on the graves of Revolutionary War figures associated with those battles — Horatio Gates, Alexander Hamilton and Marinus Willett. [Read more…] about Marinus Willet, Tammany Hall & The Treaty of New York
This week on The Historians Podcast, Leader Herald newspaper columnist Peter Betz has documented how Johnstown celebrated the Fourth of July 200 years ago with cannon shots, a parade and celebration at a local hotel. Some Revolutionary War veterans were still alive for these festivities. Betz also has details on Johnstown native Enos Throop who served as governor of New York from 1829 to 1832. [Read more…] about Celebrating July 4th in Johnstown 200 Years Ago; NY Gov Enos Throop
Acting Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History, Matthew R. Costello’s new book The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President (University Press of Kansas, 2019) looks at the life of George Washington, and how he has been viewed throughout history. [Read more…] about Book Talk: Memory of the First President
Johnson Hall was the 1763 Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant and their family. Sir William Johnson (1715 – 1774) was the single largest landowner and among the most influential individuals in the colonial Mohawk Valley.
The main house and flanking stonehouses interpret the Johnson family and 18th century life through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events. In conjunction with the City of Johnstown’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall is set to hold its Holiday Open House on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 8:30 pm. [Read more…] about Johnson Hall Holiday Open House
The Battle of Johnstown and the death of Walter Butler are considered two of the more important events in the final phase of the Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley. More than any other events in his life, these events are seen as raising Col. Marinus Willett from to the status of “Hero of the Mohawk Valley.”
Johnson Hall State Historic Site, located at 139 Hall Ave in Johnstown, Fulton County, NY, is set to present two interpretive programs about 18th century life at the Hall on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14. [Read more…] about Programs Highlight 18th Century Life at Johnson Hall
This week on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, Sandra Maceyka, vice president of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium (ECSWC), explains a fund raising campaign to build a statue of the women’s rights leader in Stanton’s home town of Johnstown. [Read more…] about Elizabeth Cady Stanton Statue Planned For Johnstown
In conjunction with the City of Johnstown’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall State Historic Site is set to hold its Holiday Open House on Friday, November 30 from 5 to 8 pm.
Johnson Hall will be decorated for the holiday season and will feature live 18th century music performed by Liaison Plaisantes. Homemade mulled cider will be served at the Stonehouse fireplace. The museum shop will offer 20% off for holiday shopping that evening. Horse-drawn wagon rides of the mansion’s circular drive, by Fritz-Ann Farms, will be available to visitors between 6 and 8:30 pm. [Read more…] about Johnson Hall Holiday Open House