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Johnson Hall State Historic Site

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139 Hall Avenue
Johnstown, NY 12095
Latitude 43.015064
Longitude -74.382301

Johnson Hall was the 1763 Georgian-style estate of Irish immigrant Sir William Johnson (1715 - 1774) and Molly Brant, a Mohawk Indian, and their eight children. Johnson was the largest single landowner and most influential individual in the colonial Mohawk Valley. His success in dealing with the Six Nations of the Iroquois greatly influenced England's victory over France for control of colonial North America. For his service, the British Crown bestowed upon Johnson the title of Baronet, and later appointed him Superintendent of Indian Affairs, a position to which he devoted himself and held throughout his life.

Differing cultures, traditions and languages combined to create a unique life for the Johnson family, with the Hall bustling with activity as home life and business life intermingled daily. Visitors included members of various Indian tribes, sometimes numbering in the hundreds at Council gatherings. The home was the centerpiece of a 700-acre working estate, with gardens, a mill, blacksmith shop, Indian store, barns, slave and servant housing and other essential buildings.

Following the death of Sir William in 1774, Molly and her children left Johnson Hall, and his eldest son John inherited the property and title of Baronet. The Revolution would cause this Loyalist family to eventually flee to Canada, and the Johnson Hall property and most of its contents were subsequently sold at auction following the War. Johnson Hall remained a private residence through 1906, when it was acquired by the State of New York and opened to the public as a State Historic Site. Today, Johnson Hall continues to welcome visitors and interpret the Johnson family through guided tours of the period room settings and of the historic grounds, educational programs and special events.

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Hours of Operation

  • 2022 Season: May 18th through October 9th

    Guided Tours of The Hall
    Guided tours will be given on the hour Wednesdays through Saturday between 10am to 4pm (final tour begins at 3pm) and Sunday between 1pm and 4pm (final tour begins at 3pm). Special events may alter this schedule. To ensure tour date availability you may contact site staff during normal business hour at (518) 762-8712.
    The grounds are open to the public from sunrise to sunset.

Fees & Rates

  • Admission
  • Fees and Rates for Guided Tours

    $7.00 Adults
    $6.00 Senior Citizens and Students
    Children 12 and under Free
    $2.00 per person per program/$20 minimum School Groups (advance reservation)
    $5.00 per person per program/$20 minimum Groups (advance reservation)

Sat 08 Oct
Folklore & Storytelling
Saturday, October 8, 2022 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Johnson Hall State Historic Site
Visitors will hear folklore stories from two distinct cultures, Germanic and Celtic, a nod to the diversity of cultures present at Johnson Hall in the 18th century.  Stories will be told at 1pm and again at 2pm on Saturday, October 8th (Path Through History weekend) in the grand entrance of Johnson Hall at 139 Hall Avenue, Johnstown, NY 12095 and appropriate for all ages.

The stories, told by Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth, will intertwine the heritage and tales of Ireland and Germany, relating the wisdom and humanity of past ages to a contemporary audience bearing witness to the words at Johnson Hall. 

Karen performs for the youngest listeners in places like Head Start, and older listeners in senior centers. Her tales take her into schools, churches, camps, museums, and historic sites. But no matter where she roams, she is always happy to come back home to Kingston, NY where in 2002 she was named Storyteller Laureate in perpetuity for the city.

In 2003, Lorraine collaborated with artist Johanne Renbeck to present Visual Narratives: The Artists' Workshop, a story and art workshop that allowed elementary school students to tell stories using murals they created after listening to an excerpt from the Ramayana. Lorraine regularly combines art and story in her work with children and adults.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)