The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex, in collaboration with local chapters of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War and the American Legion, has announced the return of their Decoration Day ceremony, set for Thursday, May 30th at 6 pm. This event will also be highlighted by performances by the Schoharie Valley Singers and Uncle Billy’s Balladeers.
The first Decoration Day observance in Schoharie County is believed to have occurred in Cobleskill in 1877, by the Civil War veterans organization the Grand Army of the Republic or GAR. That organization was later succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans.
Visitors will be greeted with live music and the Schoharie County American Legion and Legion Riders will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at all the war memorials in front of the Revolutionary War stone fort.
The ceremonies will be followed by a performance by the Schoharie Valley Singers and a procession of reenactors, veterans and the public through the cemetery laying fresh flowers on each of the Civil War graves located there. The activities will conclude with a bugler playing “Taps” at twilight.
The event is free and participation by the public is encouraged. The Old Stone Fort Museum will also be open extended hours. Donations of fresh flowers are requested and can be brought to the museum any time between Memorial Day and the day of the event.
The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road, off NY State Rt.30, 2.5 miles south of Interstate 88 Exit 23. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and from Noon to 5 pm on Sundays.
For more information on the Old Stone Fort Museum and the numerous events and activities planned throughout their 130th Anniversary year visit their website, or call (518) 295-7192.
Photo of Decoration Day Ceremony at Old Stone Fort Museum provided.