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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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

2021 Geocache Challenge

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The Visitor Center is open by Reservation Only – please call to schedule a time to visit our Pathway to Empire Exhibit.

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 Putnam 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.

Pavilion Information
Schoharie Crossing has three tents available. Prices range from $50 to $75 and can accommodate up to 25 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com.

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

Hours of Operation

  • Schoharie Crossing Grounds are open from Sunrise to Sunset.

    The Visitor Center is open by Reservation Only – Please Call to Schedule a time to Visit the Pathway to Empire Exhibit.
    Hours available between 10am and 4pm Wednesday to Saturday and between 1pm and 4pm on Sundays.

  • Tours and Exhibit at Schoharie Crossing

    Guided tours of the site grounds will be given by advance reservation only on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10am to 3pm Call the Site at (518) 829-7516 during normal business hours to schedule. Tours are $2 per person.

    Tours will be limited to 5 people.

    Masks must be worn by all visitors inside the Visitor Center. 

    Access into the Visitor Center will be provided by staff. Visitors should arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to their reserved time. 

    Interpretive signs throughout the grounds of Schoharie Crossing provide information on the various canal features and pre-canal history of the site. 

    All social distancing guidelines should be practiced by visitors while at Schoharie Crossing.

Fees & Rates

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site does not charge a vehicle fee

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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase 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 per person for guided tours (available by reservation)
    Contact the site for Student Group rates and options. Outreach program rates and topics are available by request."

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Our new exhibit, "Pathway to Empire: How the Erie Canal Helped Build America" helps us mark the Bicentennial Celebrations of the Erie Canal. This exhibit highlights the major themes associated with the history of the canal and illustrates them with interesting artifacts and interactive displays. A major focal point of the exhibit is 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. By using artifacts and primary documents, this exhibit delves 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 to this day.

Inside of our Visitor Center you can also view panels on the pre-canal history of the site. This portion of our exhibit highlights the Mohawk Village as well as the British Colonial fort that once existed along the banks of the Schoharie Creek. Witness artifacts that were excavated onsite that help tell the story of this era of New York and American History.

In partnership with the United States Geological Survey, there are panels that illustrate the historic water conditions of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River. This exhibit demonstrates the immense power of water and the destructive nature of flooding in the valleys.

Featured on the east end of the historic site at the Putman Canal Store - Yankee Hill Lock, there is an exhibit on canal commerce along the waterway. Coming soon there will be a display monitor by USGS providing information on the stream gauging of the Schoharie Creek and Mohawk River.

Tue 26 Oct
Mohawks and the Dutch in the Mohawk Valley
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex

This talk takes a close look at relations between the Mohawk People and the Dutch settlers who arrived at their borders in the early 1600's. Focusing on experiences in the Mohawk Valley, it looks at Mohawk and Dutch trade relations, their alliance in war and peacemaking, some family connections and other lasting impacts of their partnership. We will also discuss the ongoing legacy of those relations beyond the end of the Dutch colonial era, and the Mohawks' return to the Valley today.

Paul Gorgen is a writer and researcher from the Mohawk Valley. He is currently writing about Colonial and Indigenous history in the Valley, drawing on his own family history back to the Mohawk people and the early Dutch and German immigrants to the region. Recent publications include several articles on the Mohawks and the Palatine Germans, including one in Plotzlich Da, a book on German emigration history published by the Deutches Auswanderhaus Museum in Bremerhaven, Germany. His article on Clarissa Putman and Molly Brant appeared in the journal Iroquoia in 2017, and his paper on Mohawk relations with the Dutch in the Mohawk Valley, the subject of this talk, was published this year as a chapter in the book Dutch and Indigenous Communities in Seventeenth-Century Northeastern North America by SUNY Press.

Thu 28 Oct
Memory and Celebration: Examining the 1929 Sesquicentennial of the Sullivan Clinton Campaign
Thursday, October 28, 2021 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex

Join Mary Alexander, Curator of Education at the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie as she discusses the 1929 sesquicentennial celebration of the Sullivan Clinton Campaign. The Sullivan Clinton Campaign was a major Revolutionary War event in which thousands of troops were sent by General George Washington to central and western New York. The troops were sent with the express purpose of wiping out the villages, homes, and crops of the Haudenosaunee "Iroquois" Confederacy. This scorched earth campaign wrought havoc on the land and people; complicating an already difficult set of circumstances in the region. We will examine how the original historical event was viewed 150 years later, in 1929, when the Village of Canajoharie, and much of central and western New York, set about on a series of commemorations of the military event. To better understand this, we will look at materials from the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library's permanent collection including artwork, newspaper articles, and photography. We will look at the legacy of the 150th celebration and the impact of this celebration - that is still visible throughout the built landscape of our region.

Sat 30 Oct
Autumn Bike Tour – NYS History Month
Saturday, October 30, 2021 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Wrap up NYS History Month with Katy from Schoharie Crossing. She will lead a bike ride along the historic towpath along "Clinton's Ditch" and then the enlarged canal from the Visitor Center to Yankee Hill Lock, with a return on the Empire State Trail.

Ride will include 3 miles on grass towpath and 2 miles on paved biketrail. That's 5 miles to add to your Canalway Challenge goal!

While the grass towpath is well maintained and mostly flat, there are sections that include bumps and small ups or downs. We recommend a mountain bike or road bike with tires for such terrain. Narrow wheels and slicks will make this trek not so much fun. Please dress for the weather and bring an appropriate bike so that you are comfortable enough to enjoy this tour with us!

COVID protocols apply when not able to socially distance

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours (Accessible)
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)