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Palatine Settlement Society Annual Antique Sale

Please join us for the Palatine Settlement Society’s Annual Antique Sale to benefit Nellis Tavern and the Palatine Settlement Society, including school #8. The show will be held at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie NY. It will feature Primitives, Textiles, Early American Antiques, Books, Tools, Ephemera & Jewelry.
Show Admission $6 / Museum $5 special reduced admission

Fall Foliage Report: October 16-22

I LOVE NY started the “New York Fall Foliage Report” on September 11 and will continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first or second week in November.  Montgomery County has started its own annual report this year as well.

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Reporting station:  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:  75%

Brilliance: Average to bright

Predominating colors: Oranges and yellows are really showing off

Rating: Near peak to peak

As temperatures drop, more bright colors are emerging.  The upper edges of the Mohawk Valley are nearer peak so a drive along the Mohawk River provides an explosion of fine fall foliage.  Fingers crossed the rain doesn’t put a damper on the leaf peeping.  Leaves that changed earlier in the season have already fallen with the help of wind and rain.

The Noses as seen traveling east on Route 5

This weekend is full with a variety of events including the annual Halloween Parade in Amsterdam, a Taste of Chocolate & Basket Fundraiser for the Frothingham Free Library, an Evening at Nellis Tavern, Old Fort Johnson’s Harvest Festival, a concert from the Mohawk Valley Chamber Ensemble, and an Open House at an alpaca farm.

This Friday and Saturday the Historic League of Amsterdam presents Ghosts of the Past: A Haunted History Tour of Green Hill Cemetery.  Meet past notable Amsterdam residents and learn their stories while experiencing beautiful and historic Green Hill Cemetery.  All tours begin and end at Amsterdam City Hall.  Free refreshments provided.  Tour times for both Friday and Saturday nights are 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00 and 8:30pm.  Tickets are available at the Book Hound and Damiano’s Flowers.

Saturday the VanAlstyne Homestead & Museum is holding the 8th Annual Soup Tasting & Craft Fair.  There will be delicious soups donated by local chefs, and eateries, fall seasoned crafts available by vendors from far and wide, and delicious harvest specialties grown by local producers.  There will also be local and international artists on hand with their beautiful works on display.  Live music will be performed in the century old ballroom, museum tours will be available, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

The Arkell Museum presents Adirondack Lumber Camp Songs on Sunday afternoon.  Join in for an afternoon of rousing lumberjack songs.  Enjoy the music and learn about this tough, rough, and crucial work. This program also includes informative narratives about Adirondack Mountain logging camps in the 1800s.  This program runs about an hour and is most enjoyable for older children and adults.  Admission is free.  Donations are always welcome and help support future programs.

Explore our countryside, enjoy our events, and take in the autumn season!

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Quilt Barn Trail

The Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail continues to grow with 150 squares along the trail.

Fall Foliage Report: October 10-16

I LOVE NY started the “New York Fall Foliage Report” on September 12 and will continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first or second week in November.  Montgomery County has started its own annual report this year as well.

Erie Canalway Trail
Erie Canalway Trail

Reporting station:  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:  30%

Brilliance:  Average

Predominating colors: Still green with more red, orange, yellow coming out

Rating: Midpoint

This week has more color coming through with yellows and oranges and some reads.  It would be a great time to take a ride and see the fall foliage.  There are also many events happening on Saturday throughout the county!

The Village of Ames Museum will be open 9am to 3pm.

Celebrate the fall harvest and take advantage of your last chance of the season to visit Old Fort Johnson and the 1918 exhibit.  This open house features outdoor baking, fresh apple cider pressing and other family activities. Free admission all day, donations are always welcome.  The event is 10am-4pm.

Erie Canalway Trail
Erie Canalway Trail

From 11am-4pm, the Glen Conservancy and the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers will host Harvest Fest in the hamlet of Glen.  Events will take place in and around Conservancy Hall and will include activities at the Glen Cottage Farms, and at the Rustic Red House at the Glen Country Store at the confluence of Routes 30A and 161. Music, face painting, pumpkin painting, flower arranging, and more.

The Palatine Settlement Society invites the public to the annual “Afternoon at the Tavern.” This event is scheduled for Saturday from 1–4pm, and will be held at the historic 1747 Nellis Tavern in St. Johnsville.

There will be a variety of beer and cider provided by Wolf Hollow and Rogers Cidery. Soup and bread will also be served. Tickets, available in advance, are $15 per person with a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Explore our countryside, enjoy our events, and take in the autumn season!

Call for Travel Guides and Specialty Maps!

1.800.743.7337

Fall Foliage Report: September 26 – October 2

I LOVE NY starts the “New York Fall Foliage Report” on September 12 and will continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first or second week in November.  Montgomery County has started its own annual report this year as well.

Reporting station: Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter 

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:  11%

Brilliance: Average

Predominating colors: Mostly green hints of Orange

Rating: beginning stages

The leaves are beginning to change in Montgomery County.  While green is still predominant, there are touches orange, yellow and red.

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The calendar is full of events including live music, historic celebrations, and agricultural events.  The Ames Museum is celebrating the end of summer and the 1747 Nellis Tavern is open for tours through September.

On Saturday, September 29th Fort Klock Historic Restoration’s 18th century Revolutionary war living history event will be happening! Interrupted Harvest 1778 the raids begin10:00 AM04:00 PM.

Also, the Schoharie River  Center in Esperance, will be hosting the Square and Contradance, a lively evening of dancing! Catskills caller, Peter Blue, will call this square and contra dance in the SRC Cultural Center. Live music by Erik House, Kathy Shimberg, and Ira McIntosh.

The 2nd Annual OktoberFest Block Party will be held on Saturday, October 6th on Amsterdam’s Southside! Food, German music, and of course beer! Fall treats and goodies for sale, games all day, food and craft vendors, and more.

Explore our countryside, enjoy our events, and take in the autumn season!

Call for Travel Guides and Specialty Maps!

1.800.743.7337

Fall Foliage Report: September 19 – 25

I LOVE NY starts the “New York Fall Foliage Report” on September 12 and will continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first or second week in November.  Montgomery County has started its own annual report this year as well.

Reporting station: Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter and Down by the River Kayak Rentals, Amsterdam

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:  10%

Brilliance: Average

Predominating colors: Mostly green hints of yellow and red

Rating: Just beginning

The leaves are just beginning to change in Montgomery County.  While green is still predominant, there are touches of red and yellow.

The calendar is full of events including live music, historic celebrations, and agricultural events.  The Ames Museum is celebrating the end of summer and the 1747 Nellis Tavern is open for tours through September.

Mont. Co. Foliage Blog

On Sunday, September 22 there are a few great events happening.

Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is teaming up with Down by the River Kayak Rentals to host introductory kayaking lessons for children. These courses are intended for beginner or novice level paddlers ages 14 to 17.  Audrey Egelston of Down by the River Kayak Rentals will facilitate the two-hour introductory sessions.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this free program.

In Canajoharie, Montgomery County Historian/RMO Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar will lead a walking tour of the Village of Canajoharie on Saturday, September 22 at 11 am. The tour will highlight various sites associated with the African Americans who lived in Canajoharie during the 19th century as well as potential abolitionist activity. Brochures will identify the sites on a map of the Village of Canajoharie and the walking tour will include a portion of the sites, not all, but the brochures/maps will be available long after the walking tour. For more information please contact: Jenna Peterson Riley | (518) 673-2314.

At Old Fort Johnson the Annual Fall Fundraiser will be held from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Featuring a sampler of the county’s best homemade soups, breads and pies. Enjoy amazing regional cooking while supporting the preservation of Old Fort Johnson. Limited seating, advance tickets recommended.$25 adults, $10 children includes unlimited soup samples, bread, pie, beverage and a special limited edition commemorative mug. Held rain or shine under tents in our beautiful gardens.

Explore our countryside, enjoy our events, and take in the autumn season!

Call for Travel Guides and Specialty Maps!

1.800.743.7337

Fall Foliage Report: September 12-18

I LOVE NY starts the “New York Fall Foliage Report” on September 12 and will continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first or second week in November.  Montgomery County has started its own annual report this year as well.

Reporting station:  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, Fort Hunter and Down by the River Kayak Rentals, Amsterdam

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:  5%

Brilliance: Dull

Predominating colors: Mostly green with some yellow

Rating: Just beginning

The leaves are just beginning to change in Montgomery County.  While green is still predominant, there are touches of yellow.

The calendar is full of events including live music, historic celebrations, and agricultural events.  The Ames Museum is celebrating the end of summer and the 1747 Nellis Tavern is open for tours through September.

On Sunday is the annual Sundae on the Farm located at Dykeman & Sons, Fultonville.  A specialty of this farm is their rotary parlor and a robotic post-dipper. Learn about these new technologies on the farm while having fun. There will be educational activities, food, different varieties of farm animals, and more. foliage report 9_12_18

On Sunday, September 22, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is teaming up with Down by the River Kayak Rentals to host introductory kayaking lessons for children. These courses are intended for beginner or novice level paddlers ages 14 to 17.  Audrey Egelston of Down by the River Kayak Rentals will facilitate the two-hour introductory sessions.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this free program.

Explore our countryside, enjoy our events, and take in the autumn season!

Call for Travel Guides and Specialty Maps!

1.800.743.7337

Mohawk Country Itinerary

America’s First Frontier: Where the Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley comes to life!

Follow our Mohawk Valley Path Through History to eight historic sites.

Your journey begins in Canajoharie (Exit 29 off the New York State Thruway) at the Van Alstyne Homestead.  According to family tradition, the original structure was built by Martin Van Alstyne as early as 1729. By 1765 son Goshen Van Alstyne had converted and expanded the house to a colonial tavern. The tavern became a frequent meeting place of the Tryon County Committee of Safety and is the place where Nicholas Herkimer received his commission as General of the Tryon County Militia.

150501_MitchW_0003Continue your travels west on State Highway 5S to Fort Plain.  The Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park is the site of the original Fort Plain also known as Fort Rensselaer.  The construction of Fort Plain began in the late fall of 1778 after the Cherry Valley Massacre convinced locals of the need for a haven in the event of enemy attack. By 1781 the fort had become an important Continental Army Depot for the western Mohawk Frontier and was inspected by General Washington in August of 1783.

Also located in Fort Plain is the Isaac Paris House.  In 1777 Isaac Paris, Sr. was killed at the Battle if Oriskany making Isaac Paris, Jr. sole owner of the Paris holdings.  Paris was an accomplished businessman who served as the business representative for Washington’s major general, the famed Baron de Steuben, a regular guest at the house and nearby Fort Plain.

150501_MitchW_0040From Fort Plain, cross the Mohawk River to Nelliston following Hickory Hill Road to the historic farming community of Stone Arabia. Visit the Stone Arabia Dutch Church burned by the British in October of 1780 during the Battle of Stone Arabia.  It was rebuilt in 1788 and has remained unchanged since.  The cemetery behind the church is the final resting place of Patriot leader Colonel John Brown of the Berkshire Massachusetts Militia killed in the battle on October 19th.   Historic marker signs along Route 10 mark the locations of engagements and forts involved in the battle.

Continue westward, following the old Stone Arabia Road, to the Palatine Church of “Drums Along the Mohawk” fame. The historic church was erected in 1770 and is the oldest church standing in Montgomery County.  It was built by German Palatine settlers who originally migrated to America from the Palatine region of Germany in 1710.

Next is Fort Klock, a fortified homestead built circa 1750 by Johannes Klock, a German Palatine who came to the area with the great Palatine migration.  On October 19, 1780, the Battle of Klock’s Field was fought just west-northwest of the fort.

150501_MitchW_0104Located less than a mile west of Fort Klock is the 1747 Nellis Tavern, an historic inn and tavern.  Built by Christian Nellis, Sr., as a farmhouse, was expanded to its present form about 1800 with the construction of the Mohawk Turnpike.  The original timber-frame clapboard structure survived the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

St. Johnsville is also the home of the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library which houses a collection of fine art, sculpture, and historically important memorabilia.  Spanning many years, from pre-Revolutionary to present time, the exhibits reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Mohawk Valley.

Tour of Mohawk Country sites or visit for a special event.  Take your time exploring the historic heritage of Montgomery County.  Dine, relax, spend the night!

Annual Rhubarb Festival at Nellis Tavern

The Palatine Settlement Society trustees have planned the 20th Annual Rhubarb Festival. It will be held on Sunday June 5, 2016, at the historic 1747 Nellis 150501_MitchW_0104Tavern, NYS Rt. 5 (east), St. Johnsville, NY from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The rhubarb pie baking contest with guest judges starts at 12:00 PM sharp. Lunch items along with all kinds of rhubarb delicacies will be available. Musical entertainment will be provided by Revisions, a barbershop quartet from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  Admission is free but donations are always welcome. Proceeds go toward the continuing restoration and preservation of the 1747 Nellis Tavern, including our wall stenciling restoration. Tours will be available.

For more information, contact Mary Davis, President; 315-866-2619