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Old Stone Fort Museum & Schoharie County Historical Society


An official Path Through History Site! A 1772 church, the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex in Schoharie was fortified and attacked during a Revolutionary War battle in 1780. Today it celebrates and preserves the rich, historic legacy of the Schoharie Valley. The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex presents three centuries of rural New York history in and among seven historic and exhibit buildings on 25 acres. The collections and exhibits on the first floor of the fort tell the military, agricultural and cultural history of the region, while the second-floor gallery remains much as it did when it was put together during the Victorian Era. This “museum of a museum” boasts thousands of artifacts on display, from 350 million-year-old fossils to a fire engine built before George Washington was born. Other buildings and exhibits in the complex include a restored New World Dutch Barn housing an exhibit on 18th and 19th-century tools and agricultural implements; an 1890s one-room schoolhouse where visitors can sit at the students’ desks and write on authentic slates; an exhibit of 20th-century communications technology and Schoharie’s first automobile, a 1903 Rambler. In addition to the numerous historic structures and exhibits, the site boasts picnic facilities, a research library and a museum store featuring local and regional history titles, classic toys, German and Dutch themed merchandise, unique gifts and locally made products.



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