Fort Klock Historic Restoration
Special events at Fort Klock during 2004
• Opening Day, Memorial Day, May 31, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Featured will be an encampment of the Tryon County Militia and colonial crafts demonstrations. The Tryon County Militia realistically portray colonial camp life through historical re-enactment of marching drills and musketry. Artisans will demonstrate crafts from the Mohawk Valley customary over 200 years ago. Artisans will demonstrate crafts from the Mohawk Valley customary over 200 years ago. The Barn Frame Loom will be “dressed” for the season by members and weaver friends. This is a hands-on demonstration and visitors are invited to participate.
• Independence Day, July 4, Strawberry festival, 12:00 noon - 5:00 P.M. With the Tryon County Militia on hand you will have an Independence Day celebration of local colonial history. Add to this the enjoyment of homemade cakes, ice cream, strawberries, and strawberry shortcake for a small fee. Art Exhibition.
• "Stone Soup" Musical Concert, July 23, 7:00 P.M. An acoustic band playing a side variety of traditional blues, jazz folk songs, gospel , Irish tunes, Australian folk music, and original pieces. Featured will be Suzanne Bladek on guitar, Joseph Sinchak on Mandolin, Nick Friers on guitar, and Peter Liljeberg on bass.
• Klock Family Reunion This event is a family reunion and is not put on by Fort Klock. Open to the public.
• Young Pioneer Program, August 3, 4, 5. Children between the ages of 9-13 attend the educational program for three days from 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. They will experience the frontier way of life and colonial lifestyles. There will be hands on activities to enhance better learning while having fun.
• Two Day Giant Craft Fair, September 11 and 12. (Saturday and Sunday), 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Saturday. 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. on Sunday. Over 130 talented crafters and artisans will offer their creations. This is one of the best craft fairs in the East, featuring crafters from several states. Homemade food served.
DONATIONS ALWAYS APPRECIATED
Fort Klock closes for the (regular) season in mid-October.
Post Season Special Events Include:
• Fort Klock Haunted House: Friday and Saturday, October 22 & October 23 (Friday, 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. and Saturday, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.). This event is hosted by the Fort Klock Historic Restoration "Young Pioneers" Program and is very well received by adults and children alike. $2.00 donation requested.
• Saint Nicholas Day, Celebration, December 5 (Sunday) 12:00 Noon - 4:30 P.M. It is a traditional holiday for children which was observed by the early pioneers. The historic holiday dates back to the fourth century and was brought to America by the early Dutch and Palatine pioneers. This was a prelude to the holiday season and was a special day for children, who received their presents on this day because December 25 was reserved for the religious observance of Jesus' birth. The celebration is from a rich heritage that is preserved at Fort Klock through colonial music, homemade cookies and gingerbread, stollen, hot chocolate and spiced cider, treats for all. Saint Nicholas will give all children of homemade wooden ornament. Added to this, will be militia drills, a storyteller, music, roaring fires and traditional decorations of pine boughs! Donations appreciated.
The museum site is two miles east of St. Johnsville on New York State Route 5. It was built in 1750 by Johannes Klock and is a designated National Historic Landmark. “A site of exceptional value in commemorating the early history of the United States.”
Fort Klock is (ground floor) handicapped accessible. A picnic area is available, free to the public. There is a gift shop and tourist information is available.
Fort Klock Historic Restoration