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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

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Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center is open by Reservation Only – please call to schedule a time to visit our Pathway to Empire Exhibit.

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

  • 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.

Sat 03 Oct
The Oneida Community with Tim McLean
Saturday, October 3, 2020 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=ma3fd0c23a5b768f37a75f3993b55e72f

Tim McLean will speak on the Oneida Community, one of the most successful utopian communities in 19th century America. The community was most widely known for its unusual system of marriage and family life, but it also launched a number of successful businesses including the Oneida Ltd flatware company. He will also talk about the community's system of governance and the background of its founder, John Humphey Noyes. Tim McLean is a Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Herkimer County Community College. He grew up in Buffalo, NY and received a BA in Sociology from St. John Fisher College, a MA in Sociology from SUNY-Albany and a Ph.D in Foundations of Education from SUNY-Albany. McLean taught Sociology at Herkimer from 1977 to 2017 and received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. He currently serves as a docent at both the Oneida Community Mansion House and the General Herkimer Home State Historic Site and is also a volunteer with Hospice and Palliative Care of Oneida and Herkimer Counties.

Registration: Required
Tue 06 Oct
Henry DiSpirito: Stonemason to Sculptor with Ashley Hopkins-Benton
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m3b63ac0cc19f846b972ef22a8c9ba236

Ashley Hopkins-Benton, the Senior Historian and Curator of Social History at the NYS Museum, takes us on this exploration of Henry DiSpirito. DiSpirito immigrated from Italy to Utica, NY in 1921. A stonemason by trade, he dreamed of life as an artist, and soon found his calling in direct stone carving. Learn about how DiSpirito coaxed animals out of stones he found in the Mohawk Valley, how he worked to become a successful artist, and how he used his art to give back to his community.

Tue 13 Oct
Perennial in Frame: Picturesque History with The Arkell Museum
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=me2bcb55e545ddbbc3dbbafd4523ca385

We will explore some of the great paintings in the collection at the Arkell Museum with Mary Alexander, Curator of Education and Public Engagement at The Arkell Museum and David Brooks of Schoharie Crossing. Discover more about the collection, the artists, and the history represented in the amazing portraits and landscapes.

Tue 20 Oct
The Women of Schuyler Mansion
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 06:30 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=md07fe927a5079db81aef5ad55fd5ed12

The "Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical, Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five sisters? Learn what it was like growing up as a Schuyler, as program by Jessica Serfilippi takes an in-depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their family's history. Jessica Serfilippi is an interpreter at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site.

Wed 21 Oct
The Life and Times of DeWitt Clinton with Ashley Maready of the Erie Canal Museum
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

Via Webex: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=me4110f92eac725f0101fcf5bf50df502

In "The Life & Times of DeWitt Clinton," Ashley Maready tells the story of the 6th governor of New York and his involvement in politics and the creation of America's first major engineering marvel, the Erie Canal. Ashley Maready has been the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY since 2016. She holds degrees in history and philosophy and applied history and has worked for historical institutions in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Kansas.

This is a FREE Program as part of the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site NYS History Month series. All participants are muted upon entry. We ask that you disable your webcam to save bandwidth and to avoid distraction.

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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)