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Putman Porch Music

Join us for another great year of Putman Porch Music at Yankee Hill Lock!
We welcome musicians and listeners to Yankee Hill Lock for this canawler experience!
An Americana Folk and Roots Music style jam session on the porch of the old Putman Canal Store happens each Thursday in June. Come play some fiddle, guitar, banjo, sing, or whatever instrument you may bring, to this lively time along the historic Erie Canal!
*Please note the 6:30pm start time for 2024*

Putman Porch Music

Join us for another great year of Putman Porch Music at Yankee Hill Lock!
We welcome musicians and listeners to Yankee Hill Lock for this canawler experience!
An Americana Folk and Roots Music style jam session on the porch of the old Putman Canal Store happens each Thursday in June. Come play some fiddle, guitar, banjo, sing, or whatever instrument you may bring, to this lively time along the historic Erie Canal!
*Please note the 6:30pm start time for 2024*

12th Annual Chili Cookoff

Want to add a little heat to this weekend? Come to the Van Alstyne Homestead Chili cook-off. Sample and judge some of the tastiest and hottest chilis from local cooks. Bring your friends and bring your appetite! We’ll also have a 50/50 drawing and be running tours of the historic Van Alstyne Homestead.

Christmas at the Fort

Christmas at the Fort – Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 11 am – 5 pm

The Museum is Located at 389 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339

40% – 50% Off Clearance Book Sale – Many Titles to Choose From – All other books and gift shop items 20% Entire Purchase

German Beer will be served by Eisenadler Brauhaus – There will be plenty Refreshments and Christmas Cheer!

2023 Author Fair (Authors will be selling their books):

***NEW BOOK RELEASE***
Defeating Slavery: Hamilton’s American System Showed the Way by Nancy Bradeen Spannaus

Also by Nancy – Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics

Wanda Easter Burch – The Home Voices Speak Louder Than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs

Ken Jones – Sam’s Sam the Gallows Bird – Ken also has other local titles too

Kiersten Marcil – Witness to the Revolution

Rosemay Nichols – Building the Erie Canal – Murder in Rome – Stolen – Civil War Series Volume 1

Jeff O’Connor – Skohere and the Birth of New York’s Western Frontier 1609 – 1731 Volume I 1609 – 1686 and Volume II 1687 – 1731 – The Old Stone Fort: Guardian of Schoharie County History Since 1772

Veronica Pastecki – Whipponnock Creek: The Life and Times of Will Traylor

Don Rittner – Watervliet Historic Images – Remembering Albany: Heritage on the Hudson – Albany Through Time – Schenectady: Frontier Village to Colonial City – Troy Through Time – & many others on Local History!

Heidi Sprouse – Whispers of Liberty – Liberty’s Promise – Liberty’s Legacy – Liberty’s Price

Phillip D. Weaver – The 3rd New Jersey in New York: Stories from The Jersey Greys of 1776

Don Williams – Grandfather’s Tool Chest – Saga Of Nicholas Stoner, Or, A Tale Of The Adirondacks: Saga Of Nicholas Stoner – Don Williams’ Inside the Adirondack Blue Line & many other titles on the Adirondacks and Local History

Wayne Lenig – Fort Plain, Fork Plank, Fort Rensselaer: The Revolutionary War Forts of Canajohary

Norman J. Bollen – George Washington and the Mohawk Frontier

Thank you for supporting the Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All book sale proceeds go to historic preservation, artifact acquisition, exhibit building and educational programming.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town–Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

What to Expect

If you’re looking to venture outside during the winter in Montgomery County, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is a perfect place for a day trip. It’s an ideal location for those looking to spend time outdoors. It’s suitable for those who prefer paths shorter in distance with minimal difficulty. Dogs are permitted. The site is only 5.2 miles from the Thruway.

Walking bridge at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.
Participants cross a walking bridge at the Schoharie Crossing during a Winter Walk held on Jan. 26.

If you’re from Upstate, you know the weather is unpredictable. Especially during the winter months. Boots and warm layers are recommended. When there’s enough of the white, fluffy stuff, you could also pack your cross country skis or snowshoes. Another thing to keep in mind for your day trip, is it’s a prime opportunity to bird watch! You can check out some of the species people have observed at the Schoharie Crossing on eBird.

Background

If it’s your first time visiting — the 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 Schoharie Crossing has a Visitor Center that exhibits traces of history of the Erie Canal and its impact on the growth of New York State and the nation. Currently, the Visitor Center is open by Reservation only – you can call to schedule a time to visit the Pathway to Empire Exhibit. The Visitor Center

Historical Plaque Schoharie Crossing
Montgomery County Economic Development Staff Assistant Andrew Santillo pictured viewing a historical plaque on the Woodchuck Walk at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

will reopen for regular hours May 1. The site grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Stay updated by following the Schoharie Crossing on Facebook or Instagram.

Within the site’s boundaries are many structures dating from the three eras of the  canal’s development. As you walk behind the Visitor Center lies the ‘Woodchuck Walk’ – formerly the towpath of the original Erie Canal. Along this trail
are historical plaques providing history of the area that you’re walking through. The ‘Woodchuck Walk’ is about a one-half mile long hike out to an original Erie Canal Lock that lays adjacent to an Enlarged Era Canal Lock. There are two walking bridges across the lock. These allow you to stand in-between the old locks. Old locks create a story of what once was a bustling area with barges and other small boats bringing goods to and from the area in the 19th century.

Once you go across the two lock bridges, you can continue on the Towpath trail to the Yankee Hill lock, which is about two miles further or you can head back on the trail toward the Visitor Center. The Towpath Trail, which is a half of a mile, leads to the site’s largest structure the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, which carried the water of the Enlarged Erie Canal over the Creek.

Schoharie Creek Aqueduct in Montgomery County, NY.
A view of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct during the winter.

It’s a perfect place to take a picture before you end your walk.

If you are interested in more of a guided visit, Education Director at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, David Brooks will be hosting a Winter Walk event on February 23 at 1 p.m., weathering permitting.

Dining

If you are looking to grab a bite to eat following your visit,  hop on Route 5S and head eastbound toward the South Side of Amsterdam.  There are a number of restaurants to choose from. Whether you grab takeout from DomAdi’s and a craft beer to bring home from Southside Beverage, or sit down at Evolve Eatery , Lorenzo’s Southside, Shorty’s Southside Tavern, Herk’s Tavern or Southside Slice, you really can’t go wrong!  A visit to the Schoharie Crossing is a day trip suitable for all four seasons. If you come back in the spring, Karen’s Produce & Ice Cream is a must visit.

Whenever you choose to be a Tourist in Your Own Town, or bring someone from outside the area to explore, Montgomery County will not disappoint.