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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center is undergoing renovations. Staff will still be on hand to assist you on your visit by answering questions, providing historical interpretation on the Erie Canal as well as Fort Hunter, and giving tours by reservation.

Schoharie Crossing's Visitor Center will re-open on July 8th for Views & Vistas: The Natural and Built Environment of Schoharie Crossing art exhibit. Our new permanent exhibit will open in September of 2017 to mark the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal.

Address
129 Schoharie Street
Fort Hunter, NY 12069
Latitude 42.939854
Longitude -74.283005

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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the Erie Canal as one of the 19th century's greatest commercial and engineering projects. The Visitor Center exhibit traces the history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State and the nation.

Within the site's boundaries are many structures dating from the three eras of the canal's development. At the eastern end of the site is the Putman Lock Stand at Yankee Hill that houses an exhibit on Erie Canal stores. The site's largest structure is the remains of the Schoharie Aqueduct, which carried the water of the Enlarged Erie Canal over the Schoharie Creek.

Schoharie Crossing is also the location of 18th century Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk village. See artifacts from that portion of our history on display at the Visitor Center.

Stop into the Visitor Center to orient yourself to the site, check out the exhibit space and gift shop.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site offers educational outreach programs as well as an on-site school field trips and special events.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds open dawn to dusk, year-round, weather permitting.
  • Visitor Center: During 2017 the Visitor Center exhibits are being renovated.  We will be offering additional interpretive programs and tours during this time. 

    For more information, please contact SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or (518) 829-7516.

    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • Site includes Schoharie Creek Aqueduct & Boat Launch, Putnam Canal Store, Yankee Hill Locks, as well as miles of towpath trails. See Trail Map for details. 

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Admission
  • There is no admission fee however some fees apply for special events, educational services, tours and the use of picnic areas.

    $3/person school groups
    $3/person for tours

    Please contact the site for outreach program rates.

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Our new exhibit will open in September of 2017 to mark the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal. This new exhibit will highlight major themes associated with the history of the canal and illustrate them with interesting artifacts. A major focal point will be a scale model of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and Lock 30, along with the Browns Cash Store that once stood along the canal here in Fort Hunter, NY. This exhibit will delve into the geology, social and economic impacts, political motivations, and engineering of the nationally significant and historic waterway we know as the Erie Canal. With its rich history, the canal continues to play a critical role in the lives of all New Yorkers and Americans.

Ongoing permanent exhibit: Little Short of Madness – the Story of the Erie Canal
Thomas Jefferson, like many others, thought the idea of a canal across New York was a “little short of madness.”  But with determination the state and thousands of hard working individuals created what Jesse Hawley summed up as “…the longest canal, in the least time, with the least experience, with the least amount of money, of the greatest public utility in the world.”

The exhibit also features 3D video imaging of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct remains.

Come explore the exhibit and discover the marvels of New York’s earliest engineering feats. 

In The Wake
Although it has been long known that the physical location of the 18th century Fort Hunter existed here within the space of the Visitor Center grounds, it took the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 to give the first real look at its footprints. Two new panels are now installed at the visitor center featuring information on the flood, the damage, recovery and archeological finds. Artifacts from the excavation of a Fort Hunter Blockhouse that was revealed when flood waters removed the asphalt from the parking lot are now on display.

 

Sat 24 Jun
Cinema Saturday
Saturday, June 24, 2017 07:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Outside the Visitor Center*

Join in the fun as we watch this classic 1956 film.

Jonathan, an artist working for a Massachusetts society to paint frontier scenes at a remote army post, is away from Boston so long that his fiancée, Cynthia, chaperoned by her Aunt Agatha, travel to Fort Alden looking for him. She finds him enjoying the company of the storekeeper's daughter as well as mixed up with a Mohawk Chief's daughter, all while a vengeful settler begins stirring up war for his own gain.

Enjoy the film and discuss some of the liberties Hollywood took with history to tell this legend.

*Movie inside the Enders House if raining

Thu 29 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 29, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Come join in the fun for the 3rd Annual Putman Porch Music series at Yankee Hill Lock! Each Thursday evening in June, local musicians are encouraged to informally gather to play American roots & folk music on the porch of this historic canal store at Yankee Hill Lock.

553 Queen Anne Road, Amsterdam NY

FREE

Sat 08 Jul
Canal Days
Saturday, July 8, 2017 until Sunday, July 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The annual celebration of the community & canal! More information to come, check back for updates!

If you'd like to be a part of the activities and programs for this event, contact Janice at SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov or (518) 829-7516 for details.

Wed 12 Jul
Wildlife Wednesday
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Discover more wonders of wildflowers with environmental educator and author Anita Sanchez.

Sat 22 Jul
Cinema Saturday: A Farmer Takes A Wife
Saturday, July 22, 2017 07:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Charming love story set on the Erie Canal in the mid-19th Century. A farmer works on the canal to earn money to buy a farm. He meets a cook on a canal boat, but she can't even consider leaving the exciting life on the canal for a banal one on a farm...

Jotham Klore is the leading canal boater on the Erie Canal. He's also a bullying braggart. His cook, Molly Larkins, loves working on the canal. Young Dan Farrow signs onto another boat, owned by Samson Weaver, with plans to save enough money to buy a farm. Dan and Molly fall in love, but their romance runs aground on the conflict between his love of farming and her devotion to the canal.

This film is adapted from the play that was based on the book Rome Haul by Walter D. Edmonds.

*Movie inside the Enders House if raining

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Activities
    • Biking
    • Group Tours (Accessible)
    • Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Hiking (Accessible)
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • X-Country Skiing