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The Old Stone Fort

Posted May 08, 2009 12:00 AM by Jaxy

Originally a church built in 1772, the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie, New York became camp for about 800 loyalists during the Revolutionary War. The church was enclosed by a log stockade from 1777 to 1785. When the stockade was removed, the building resumed its use as a church until 1844.

The fort was sold to the state for $800 and used during the Civil War as an armory. Eventually, it was given to Schoharie County for historical use. The Schoharie County Historical Society was formed to operate a museum at the old fort. By 1899, a catalog of 2,500 items was published.

There are multiple exhibits that populate this historical site. This including the William Badgely Museum and carriage house (1972), Shaeffer-Ingold Dutch barn, a one-room school house (1900), and many other curious exhibits. It also holds an exhibit of 20th century communications where many old radios and other forms of communication are gathered in one exhibit.

The fort complex also holds one of America's oldest fire engines; Deluge No.1, from 1731 joins thousands of other antiques and artifacts from the war. For the history buffs, a research library is available. There are also many costumed people around to assist with the learning experience.

There have been significant artifact additions since the catalog of 2,500 items was initially created. There are collections of many different historical items such as guns, weapons, arrowheads, buttons, electronics, etc. A lot of items have been donated by certain families whom were also included in the main exhibit. There are also a lot of documents that were collected and preserved delicately under glass exhibits.

The Old Stone Fort also has a one-room schoolhouse that is meant for kids to play with. There are articles of clothing for kids to try and imitate being in the schoolhouse during those times as well. At another exhibit, there is a treasure hunt for one of the rooms with a checklist of items to find.

There are a lot of events that take place at the fort. When I visited, there were costumed militia-men ready to take pictures. There are also featured re-enactments that are listed under events on their main website. If you are observant when you visit, you will see the cannonball hole from the rear of the building.

Resources:

http://www.schohariehistory.net/OSF.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Stone_Fort_(Schoharie,_NY)

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05/08/2009 2:10 AM

Schoharie is indeed a beautiful area, with many farm markets, and the best melons in NY State. Because of a unique climate, it has a longer growing season than many places much further south. Hike up Vromans Nose in the southern part of the valley, and enjoy picturesque towns along the Schoharie Creek.

If you want to ride through the valley, bring your own wheels. They do not pick up hitch hikers. Going north from Grand Gorge you will not find a pub nor a liquor store until you are almost to I88, or about 25 miles. But if fruit and veggies are your ticket, this month (May) is when it starts.

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