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.
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.
P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069
Hours of Operation
- Schoharie Crossing's
Visitor Center and Museum on Schoharie Street is open for the 2023 season. The hours will be Wednesday through Saturday
10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday's 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
The Schoharie Creek
Aqueduct Boat Launch and Picnic Area as well as Yankee Hill Lock picnic area are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Permits are required for gatherings of more than 20 persons.
- Tours and Exhibit at Schoharie
Guided tours of the site grounds
will be given by advance reservation only. Please call the site directly at (518) 829-7516 during normal
business hours or email SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov to schedule. Tours are $3 per person.
Museum exhibit requires no tour.
Interpretive signs throughout the
grounds of Schoharie Crossing provide information on the various canal features
and pre-canal history of the site.
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.
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."
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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.
Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Frank & Dee Wind
Sunday, October 15, 2023 06:00 PM
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Join us as we welcome Dee Lee & Frank Wind to perform,
"Anything Goes!" for our 2023 Not Just for Kids Storytelling event
series. Stories old, stories new, stories borrowed, stories by two!
Anything Goes! Tales to warm the cockles of your heart on a crisp fall evening.
Dee & Frank have a combined over 50 years of storytelling! With Dee's
background in theatre arts and Frank's corporate conference experience, there
is something... Frank-Lee Speaking, that makes new and refreshing tales out of
even the oldest stories when told in tandem. This is an outdoor event, though weather may send us inside.
We ask that you dress for the conditions, bug spray and sunblock are
encouraged. Bring a lawn chair or blanket as seating may be limited. Not Just for Kids Storytelling is free and open to the
community. The Friends of Schoharie Crossing is sponsoring the 2023
season, with additional support from Karen's Produce and Ice Cream.