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Proposed Budget slashes funding for State Parks and Historic Sites

Both the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and the Johnson Hall are on the list for possible closing or severe reductions in operation. Please call and/or write your legislators and tell them why these sites are important to your family, to your community, and to the history of New York State.

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 Putman's Lock Stand 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 State Historic Site offers outreach as well as an on-site school programs.

Johnson Hall was the 1763 Georgian home of Sir William Johnson, military hero at the Battle of Lake George in the French and Indian War, a pivotal victory for the English against the French, and Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Six Nations, a position held until Johnson's death in 1774. The site has been open continuously since its purchase by New York State in 1905 and is the location for your school trips, special events such as Market Fair and St. John's Day, your weddings, and your picnics. It is your tourist destination for friends and family, and your historic memory. It is our past and our future - and an irreplaceable architectural treasure.

Call and write your Legislators now!

For those in the immediate area, your contacts are:
Senator Hugh Farley
Assemblyman Marc Butler
In congress: Paul Tonko

For more information, you can click the link below, which will take you to the Parks and Trails of New York's Advocacy page. Note that this page is not provided by Montgomery County.