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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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The grounds are open but please note the visitor center is closed. For more info about NYS parks and COVID 19: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/

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.

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

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

    May 1-Oct 31
    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 am - 5 pm; Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm.
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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.

Thu 16 Jul
Sacandaga Soiree: Tides and Tourism
Thursday, July 16, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

ONLINE https://meetingsamer3.webex.com/meetingsamer3/j.php?MTID=mcb6c804e4f6802d3052d895439fff584

Join us as Fulton County Museum Executive Director Samantha Hall-Saladino presents on the tourism of the Great Sacandaga in the early to mid-20th century.

This program is offered via Webex - the link will go live 15 minutes prior to the presentation starting. You will be muted upon entry and we ask that you please disable your webcams to save bandwidth and avoid distractions. You may use the Webex Chat feature to ask questions during the program.

Tue 28 Jul
A Discussion with Lavada Nahon
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

ONLINE https://meetingsamer3.webex.com/meetingsamer3/j.php?MTID=m52da44b90ad6b619c8e86ac2ee4ae549

Lavada Nahon is a culinary historian, editor and historic interpreter for the Bureau of Historic Site and Park Services. Lavada provides a critically-important role of interpreter of African American history. She has extensive experience interpreting the lives of free and enslaved African Americans working as an independent contractor at numerous historic sites and museums in the mid-Atlantic region. Lavada's specialty includes interpreting the work of enslaved cooks in the homes of the elite class. Her expertise spans the 17th through the 19th centuries and cuts across several cultures and traditions, including Dutch, British, French and African.

This program is offered via Webex - the link will go live 15 minutes prior to the presentation starting. You will be muted upon entry and we ask that you please disable your webcams to save bandwidth and avoid distractions. You may use the Webex Chat feature to ask questions during the program.

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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)