Johnson Hall State Historic Site is set to commemerate the anniversary of the July 11, 1774 death of Sir William Johnson by presenting a program on “Disease, Death and Mourning in the 18th Century” on Saturday, July 14.
The Hall will be draped in mourning during the Open House between 11 am and 4 pm. 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 Historic Site Manager Wade Wells will present “Funeral and Mourning Practices of the Period”, and will accompany the coffin in the White Parlor throughout the day.
There is no admission fee for the day’s event. The Hall will remain draped in mourning on Sunday July 15 during regularly-scheduled tours from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Johnson Hall was the 1763 English Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant. Johnson was the largest single 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. Today, the main house and flanking stonehouses, originally surrounded by a 700 acre farm, interpret Sir William and Molly Brant’s family life through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Avenue in historic Johnstown, just off West State Street (State Highway 29 West). For more information, email JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov or visit their website.