To further highlight the 250th anniversary of the building of historic Johnson Hall and the development of its surrounding estate,  the State Historic Site will present special interpretive walking tours during the 2013 season.

Beyond The Mansion: A Walking Tour of the Johnson Hall Estate and Outbuildings will be led by Aaron Robinson, Johnson Hall’s Senior Historic Site Interpreter.  Archeological evidence, historic documents and ongoing research have provided a better understanding and interpretation of the property.  Robinson will detail the historic grounds and outbuilding locations of Sir William Johnson’s 700-acre 18th century working estate, highlighting how the craftspeople, guests, servants and slaves utilized these spaces to make Johnson Hall function.

Robinson, a graduate of the University at Albany Public History Program, has been on the Johnson Hall interpretive staff since June 2011.

The next Beyond The Mansion guided tour will be held this Thursday, July 25 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Tour-goers should meet in the East Stonehouse.

The tour will be repeated on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and on Saturday, September 21st from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.

For more information on this and other 250th anniversary special events, contact Johnson Hall at (518) 762 – 8712, visit the Site’s Facebook page, or visit