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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

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.

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

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds open dawn to dusk, year-round, weather permitting.
  • Visitor Center: 

    May 2-Oct 31
    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Site includes Schoharie Creek Aqueduct & Boat Launch, Putman 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 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/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, "Pathway to Empire: How the Erie Canal Helped Build America" will be open in 2018 and helps us mark the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal. This new 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.

 

Tue 05 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “The Story of Grant Cottage: The Final Home of an American Hero” with Ben Kemp from Grants Cottage
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

The compelling story of how famed Civil War General and two-term U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant ended up spending his final days in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The story of Grant's last year is an inspirational tale of family devotion and a true character study of a man known for his triumph over adversity. Learn how the amazingly preserved Cottage atop Mt. McGregor, with sweeping views of the Hudson Valley and Green Mountains, became a historic site that has welcomed visitors for the last 135 years.

Tue 12 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “Transportation in the Mohawk Valley” with Scott Haefner From Montgomery County Historical, Old Fort Johnson
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In this presentation, historian Scott Haefner will explore the significance of the Mohawk River and its valley in developing transportation to the West and will cover the Bateaux era in the 18th century through to the 19th century Turnpikes, Canals and Railroads.

Tue 19 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “On Trial: Susan B. Anthony” with Laurie Kozakiewicz From SUNY at Albany
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

In 1873 Susan B. Anthony went on trial in Canandaigua NY for having cast a ballot in the presidential election of 1872. In doing so she seemingly violated both federal law and the NYS Constitution. Suffragists had been stunned and angered at women's exclusion from the 15th Amendment. Our purpose in revisiting the trial is to get a better sense of the challenge's suffragists faced in the late 19th century as they struggled to win the vote.

Tue 26 Nov
NYS History Month Tuesday Talk: “Looking History in the Eye” with Anne Clothier From Saratoga County Historical, Brookside Museum
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

A workshop lecture about identifying 19th century photography methods. Anne will cover what to look for in identifying the works from the 1800s and some other elements that enable historians to narrow down the era in which a photograph may have been taken. Bring along some of your own family photos to share.

Fri 29 Nov
OptOutside Eagle Trail Walk
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Choose to #OptOutside on #BlackFriday! Check out the work being done on the Eagle Trail to connect Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site to the south-side of Amsterdam via a riverside nature path. Work off the stuffing and pumpkin pie with Friends member and trail ambassador, John Naple.

We will meet at Yankee Hill Lock at the Putman Store 10 AM on Black Friday. We will walk approximately 3 miles to Amsterdam and the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge. We will stop and view natural phenomena (eagles, other birds, small mammals, etc., and perhaps pick up trash and vegetation along the way) Plan 2 hours for this walk.

Please arrange a ride back to Yankee Hill if leaving a car there (or opt to walk the 3 miles back). Parking in Amsterdam is available at the bike trail parking lot.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • 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