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.
The evening’s event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted and will be earmarked for the continued restoration efforts of Sir William and Molly Brant’s historic home.
Johnson Hall was the 1763 Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant and their family. Sir William (1715-1774) was the single 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 State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Avenue in historic Johnstown, just off West State Street (State Highway 29 West). For more information, visit their website, or email JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov.
Photo of Johnson Hall.