Description - Sir William (William Johnson) was an influential landowners whose prestige and leadership reached over into England. In February 1763, this homestead was designed to incorporate his position and ideals. A Georgian house of wood made to look like stone, Johnson Hall became the nucleus of a working estate designed to encourage settlement and further Johnson's control of his lands. A mill, blacksmith shop, Indian store, barns and other necessary buildings were added, as well as housing for servants. The site is available for touring mid-May through October.
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Johnson Hall State Historic Site
- As the largest single landowner and most influential individual in the settlement of the Mohawk Valley, William Johnson had prestige and leadership which extended beyond the region. His genius in dealing and trading with the Indians had a lasting impact on their relationship with the English, and influenced England's victory in the struggle for control of North America.
Sir William began plans in February 1763 for a house that would reflect his position. A Georgian house of wood made to look like stone, Johnson Hall became the nucleus of a working estate designed to encourage settlement and further Johnson's control of his lands. A mill, blacksmith shop, Indian store, barns and other necessary buildings were added, as well as housing for servants.
In 1774, during a tense conference with 600 Indians at Johnson Hall, Sir William collapsed and died. Upon Sir William's death, Johnson Hall passed to his son, John. During the American Revolution, John chose to remain loyal to the Crown and fled to Canada. Johnson Hall was confiscated in 1779 by the State of New York as Loyalist property and was subsequently sold at auction. The house remained a private residence until 1906, when New York State acquired it as a historic site.
Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds and gardens and imagine themselves back in a time when Johnson Hall bustled with activity as Sir William's home and business headquarters. House tours are offered seasonally with grounds being open year-round.
Recreation - Visitors to Johnson Hall will find well-manicured gardens, a gift shop, picnic area, re-enactments, group and guided tours and a visitor center / museum. The historic site is open mid-May through October, Wednesdays-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. The grounds are open year-round. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 NYS senior citizens and $1.00 children. Group and school tours by advance reservation. $1.00 per person for school groups. The site is also open Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Climate - The historic site has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from 14 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. A slender parcel along the eastern state line receive the heaviest precipitation.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located just west of Johnstown, off Old State Road on Hall Avenue.