Johnson Hall State Historic Site will open for the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 22. In response to the covid-19 pandemic, the following health and safety guidelines will be in effect for the season:
- Guided tours will be given on Wednesdays through Sundays.
- Tours are by advance reservation by phone only. Visitors can call (518) 762-8712 from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday through Sunday to schedule.
- Tours will be limited to 5 people.
- Masks must be worn by all visitors inside the buildings, and social distancing observed.
- Access into the buildings will be controlled by staff. Visitors should arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to their tour to enter the stonehouse to pay their admission.
- The museum shop will be available to visitors following their tour.
Interpretive signs throughout the grounds of Johnson Hall detail the historic structures and features that were once part of the estate. Social distancing should be practiced by visitors on the grounds.
Johnson Hall was the 1763 English Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant. Johnson was the largest single landowner and most influential individual in the colonial Mohawk Valley. His success in dealing with the Six Nations had a lasting impact on their relationship with the English, and largely influenced England’s victory in the Anglo-French struggle for control of colonial North America. Today, the main house and flanking stonehouses, originally surrounded by a 700-acre farm, interpret Sir William and Molly Brant’s family life through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Avenue in historic Johnstown, just off West State Street (State Highway 29 West). For more information, write JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov or visit www.facebook.com/johnsonhallstatehistoricsite.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. For more information, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.