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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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Visitor Center

Schoharie Crossing's Visitor Center and Museum on Schoharie Street is open for the season! The hours will be Wednesday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday's 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Yankee Hill

Our lovely Yankee Hill Lock Picnic Area is open from sunrise to sunset daily at 550 Queen Anne Rd, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Aqueduct Boat Launch

The Aqueduct Boat Launch area is open from sunrise to sunset daily at the end of Hartley Lane, Town of Glen, off NYS Route 5-South. Come see the stabilization of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct while recreating at this historic site.


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 event tents (approximately 20'x 20') available. Prices range from $50 to $75 and can accommodate up to 25 people. Please check availability and request special use permit information by contacting the site before reserving on ReserveAmerica.com.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069

Hours of Operation

    • Schoharie Crossing's Museum and Visitor Center at 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, NY is closed for the season; however, group visits can still be arranged by calling 518-829-7516 or emailing: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov. Guided tours are available by advance reservation only and are $3 per adult, $2 per senior or student, 12 and under are free with paying adult or senior.
    • The Schoharie Creek Aqueduct Boat Launch and the Yankee Hill dock are also closed for the season.
    • The Schoharie Creek Aqueduct Picnic Area and Yankee Hill Lock picnic area as well as all our grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Permits are required for gatherings of more than 20 persons.
    • Interpretive signs throughout the grounds of Schoharie Crossing provide information on the various canal features and pre-canal history of the site.
    • We will be open select days in the off season. Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

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 museum exhibit, "Pathway to Empire: How the Erie Canal Helped Build America" helps 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 exhibit you can also view panels on the pre-canal history of the site. This portion of our museum highlights the Mohawk Village known as Tiononderoge and the Haudenosaunee people who occupied these lands for generations before the American Revolution. The panels also explore 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 Yankee Hill Lock is the Putman Canal Store. The building is undergoing a restoration assessment and will be closed to the general public for 2023. We expect restoration work to happen in 2024.The grounds of Yankee Hill remain open at this time.

Mon 04 Mar
Museum Monday – Global Day of Engineering
Monday, March 4, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us for a lively look at Erie Canal engineering! We'll have a brief discussion on the engineering of the canal, with particular focus to the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and connect that to artifacts in our museum exhibit. The Schoharie Crossing Museum space will be open* at 11am and the discussion will happen at 11:30am. We'll keep the doors open until 1pm for visitors to check out the Pathway to Empire exhibit and engage in conversations around the artifacts within. *Unless the weather prohibits opening. Questions? Let us know by calling or emailing: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, (518) 829-7516.
Wed 13 Mar
Lunchbox Lesson – Kilboy Was Here
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 12:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
We'll be hosting the 4th Annual Lunchbox Lesson Series via WebEx on a range of interesting topics to be enjoyed during your "lunch break." For March we'll offer Kilboy Was Here: The Erie Canal Balladeer. This program takes a look at a long-forgotten character from along the canal and sidecut in West Troy during the heyday of transportation in the late 19th century. No pre-registration is required. If you'd like the link sent directly to you, please contact the site. The program is free and open to the public. Questions? Let us know by calling or emailing: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, (518) 829-7516.
Thu 21 Mar
History at Home: Queens of Quackery! with Kayla Whitehouse
Thursday, March 21, 2024 07:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Our 4th Annual History at Home Third Thursday Lecture series will happen via WebEx. We will have amazing presentations offered to you again this year. Join us on March 21st for "Queens of Quackery!Female Proprietors of Patent Medicines" with Kayla Whitehouse of the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, NY. This presentation on the era of patent medicines, will focus on female proprietors and will cover the history of patent medicines, typical patent medicine bottles, and some of the more infamous women who made history selling medicines and tonics during that time. No pre-registration is required. If you'd like the link sent directly to you, please contact the site. The program is free and open to the public. Questions? Let us know by calling or emailing: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, (518) 829-7516.
Mon 01 Apr
Museum Monday – April’s Fools
Monday, April 1, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us on Fools Day! We'll offer up five stories from our archives except one is a total foolish lie! Can you spot the fake? The Schoharie Crossing Museum space will be open* at 11am and the discussion will happen at 11:30am. We'll keep the doors open until 1pm for visitors to check out the Pathway to Empire exhibit and engage in conversations around the artifacts within. *Unless the weather prohibits opening. Questions? Let us know by calling or emailing: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov, (518) 829-7516.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking (Accessible)
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours (Accessible) * Museum Accessible
  • Visitor Center (Accessible) * There are accessible restrooms available when open.