On Wednesday, May 30 at 6 pm the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to host members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for a traditional Decoration Day ceremony on the lawn of the Revolutionary War stone fort.
With the help of the public, the graves of Civil War soldiers will be decorated with flowers and the Schoharie County American Legion Honor Guard will honor veterans of America’s other wars.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day. Continue reading
New York State has approximately 17,000 highway bridges. They are essential for traveling around our state and connecting our communities. Bridges – old and new – are part of community and state history. The story of the Blenheim Covered Bridge across the Schoharie Creek the town of Blenheim in Schoharie County is one of history, resilience, and restoration.
Completed in 1855, the 210-foot long wooden toll bridge served travelers and farmers. Its charter expired in 1891 and it was transferred to the State. New bridges rendered it obsolete and in 1931, after the State proposed to demolish it, Schoharie County purchased it and maintained it as a historic site – the longest single span wooden covered bridge in the world. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Continue reading
The Annual Spring Membership Meeting of the Schoharie County Historical Society will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Schoharie Fire Department, located at 114 Fort Road in Schoharie, NY.
The evening will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. membership meeting, a program on the history of the Schoharie Fire Department and tours of the new fire house. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Continue reading
A five part Genealogy Workshop Series has been set at the Old Stone Fort Museum, 145 Fort Road in Schoharie, beginning on Thursday, March 29th at 7 pm.
Sponsored by the Schoharie County Historical Society, the workshops will be alternately led by Cathy Adams and Bonnie Dailey. Adams is a Boston University Certified Genealogist and the Old Stone Fort’s Genealogist. Dailey is a retired attorney and Old Stone Fort Volunteer who has been doing genealogy for more than 30 years. Continue reading
The Winter Lecture Series at the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to begin on Sunday, February 25 at 1 pm with “For Breakfast, Pleasure and Health: Chocolate in the 18th Century.”
The lecture will be presented by colonial living historian Paul Supley in the Badgley Museum Annex located at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex. Continue reading
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Schoharie County Historical Society will be held on Monday, October 30th at the Bull’s Head Inn, located at 105 Park Place in Cobleskill.
The event will begin with a cash bar cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, followed by the business meeting and a special presentation by Peter Lindemann on the Bull’s Head at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend.
The 2017 annual meeting follows a busy season for the Schoharie County Historical Society and the Old Stone Fort Museum. In addition to numerous events and activities recognizing the Schoharie Free Street Movies Centennial and the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Flockey, the 2017 season saw the society take an enhanced role in the management of the historic Lansing Manor property, located on the grounds of the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor’s Center. Continue reading
The Old Stone Fort Museum will complete its winter lecture series with Jeff O’Connor on Tuesday, May 2nd, in the museum’s Badgley Annex from 7 to 8:30 pm. This month, O’Connor, a local author and historian, will present “Adam Vrooman – Living on the Edge.”
The program has been focused on educating and discussing influential people and history of great importance to Colonial Schoharie County with each month featuring a new topic. Continue reading
The annual Spring Program Meeting of the Schoharie County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, April 27, at 7 pm at the New York Power Authority’s Visitors Center in North Blenheim. The public is invited to attend the meeting and visit the Lansing Manor House afterward.
Historical Society Director Carle Kopecky will introduce the Society’s new Director of Educational Outreach Melinda McTaggart, who will now manage the Lansing Manor operations among other duties. Continue reading
The Old Stone Fort Museum continues its winter lecture series with Jeff O’Connor on Tuesday April 4th.
This month Jeff, a local author and historian, will discuss “The Palatine Experience” and the circumstances that led to these German refugees settling in the Schoharie Valley. Continue reading
The second installment of the Old Stone Fort Museum’s winter lecture series will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm in the museum’s Badgley Annex.
Local historian Jeff O’Connor will present “The Schoharie Indians – Who Were They and Why Were They Here?” His program will explore the appearance of Mohawk people in the Schoharie Valley before the arrival of the Palatines. Continue reading