The Old Stone Fort Museum’s History Fair is a two-day trip through time, featuring programs and exhibits spanning the centuries from ancient Rome to the 1960s.
The Fair will take place this Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, October 2, from Noon to 5.
Military and civilian re-enactors and living history impersonators will help visitors discover what life was like by interacting with adults and children of all ages. Collectors and restorers will display their passion for history, and artisans will demonstrate the skills of long ago. For fans of the iconic BBC series “Doctor Who,” a T.A.R.D.I.S. “time machine” will enhance the illusion of time travel by appearing in various historical settings during the event.
Native American educator Mike Tarbell of the Mohawk nation will describe the tools of his ancestors, while J.D. Winslow demonstrates Roman horseback riding of the Circus Maximus. Historian Cliff Mealy will portray the life of an 18th century slave in the Mohawk Valley. There will be 18th century toys, games and educational puzzles for children and families to try out, and Civil War “Sergeant Traven” will teach children the rudiments of marching and drilling. For the mechanically-minded, pioneer gasoline engines sputter and putt as they power early farm machinery. Visitors can examine restored cars and military vehicles that will roar around our battlefield, and even go for a ride on a tank. A World War I airplane will also be on static display from the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum.
Musical performances will span the centuries from the 1760s to the 1960s as well, with performances by Rural Felicity, the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, the Esperance Band and Patty & the Migraines. The Golden Fleece Spinners and weavers will demonstrate textile arts and local historical societies will highlight Schoharie County’s history. The historical ambiance is rounded out with traditional food, including colonial chocolate-making demonstrations.
Admission is $10 for adults and anyone 17 and under is admitted free when accompanied by an adult. On-site parking is also free. The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located at 145 Fort Road, Schoharie, NY 12157. For information, contact the museum at (518) 295-7192 or visit their website.
Photos: World War I fighter plane to appear at the History Fair from the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, and Visitors ride on a Korean War tank at the Old Stone Fort History Fair, provided.