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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

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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: 

    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.

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 26 May
Geocache Challenge Kick-off Event
Saturday, May 26, 2018 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

We are looking to kick off the 2018 Saratoga-Capital Geocache Challenge! For more on the Geocache Challenge or geocaching at NY State Parks & Historic Sites, please visit www.nysparks.com

 

Sun 03 Jun
Poetry Songs & History Songs w/ Cosby Gibson & Tom Staudle
Sunday, June 3, 2018 04:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Visitor Center/Enders House

Join us for "Poetry Songs and History Songs"This inspiring musical performance brings together the words of famous poets and original tunes by Tom Staudle (Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Andy Rooney, a local poet, and more). History Song series portrays the life of the American Settlers during the Revolution through original songs by Cosby Gibson.

 

Thu 07 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 7, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

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

 

Thu 14 Jun
Putman Porch Music
Thursday, June 14, 2018 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

Yankee Hill Lock

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 16 Jun
Path Through History Weekend
Saturday, June 16, 2018 until Sunday, June 17, 2018
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
(518) 829-7516

All Weekend:

Across New York State various cultural institutions, historic sites, museums and communities will celebrate their heritage!

We will be conducting a Scavenger Hunt for those interested in exploring the site and discovering all that it has to offer. Complete the hunt and be entered into a prize drawing. Contact the site for more information and pick up a copy of the scavenger hunt booklet.

On Saturday, June 17th there will be a History & Hearsay tour of the site starting at 3pm at the Visitor Center. The tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and proper footwear for walking on grassy trails is suggested.

"Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. New York's new Path Through History helps you discover, experience and appreciate the state's amazing past. A wealth of memorable experiences awaits you - from living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents, great writers and artists. With an unparalleled network of museums, historic sites and cultural institutions, Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today. "

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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