Christmas at the Fort

Date: December 2, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339
Organizer: Fort Plain Museum
Phone: (518) 993-2527
December | Fort Plain Museum

Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11am - 5pm

Join friends, neighbors and fellow museum supporters for a local author event & a fun filled gathering in the spirit of the Holiday Season.

Visit our Museum Shop with a selection of handmade and colonial period toys. Browse the largest selection of period history books in the region. Enjoy the George Duffy Christmas Card Exhibit along with Mohawk Valley Colonial Era Exhibits in an atmosphere of period holiday music, homemade cookies.

There will be plenty Refreshments and Christmas Cheer!

Refreshments and Christmas Cheer will be served with German Beer from Eisenadler Brauhaus.

Book Sale

40% - 50% Off Clearance Book Sale with many titles to choose from. All other books and gift shop items will have 20% off the entire purchase. All book sale proceeds go to historic preservation, artifact acquisition, exhibit building and educational programming.

Authors include:

Nancy Bradeen Spannaus

  • NEW BOOK RELEASE Defeating Slavery: Hamilton’s American System Showed the Way
  • Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics

Wanda Easter Burch

  • The Home Voices Speak Louder Than the Drums: Dreams and the Imagination in Civil War Letters and Memoirs

Ken Jones

  • Sam's Sam the Gallows Bird
  • In addition to other local titles

Kiersten Marcil

  • Witness to the Revolution

Rosemay Nichols

  • Building the Erie Canal - Murder in Rome
  • Stolen - Civil War Series Volume 1

Jeff O'Connor

  • Skohere and the Birth of New York’s Western Frontier 1609 - 1731

    • Volume I 1609-1686 and Volume II 1687-1731

  • The Old Stone Fort: Guardian of Schoharie County History Since 1772

Veronica Pastecki

  • Whipponnock Creek: The Life and Times of Will Traylor

Don Rittner

  • Watervliet Historic Images
  • Remembering Albany: Heritage on the Hudson
  • Albany Through Time
  • Schenectady: Frontier Village to Colonial City
  • Troy Through Time
  • & many others on Local History!

Heidi Sprouse -

  • Whispers of Liberty
  • Liberty's Promise 
  • Liberty's Legacy
  • Liberty's Price

Phillip D. Weaver

  • The 3rd New Jersey in New York: Stories from The Jersey Greys of 1776

Don Williams

  • Grandfather’s Tool Chest
  • Saga Of Nicholas Stoner, Or, A Tale Of The Adirondacks: Saga Of Nicholas Stoner
  • Don Williams' Inside the Adirondack Blue Line
  • & many other titles on the Adirondacks and Local History

Wayne Lenig

  • Fort Plain, Fork Plank, Fort Rensselaer: The Revolutionary War Forts of Canajohary

Norman J. Bollen

  • George Washington and the Mohawk Frontier

Thank you for supporting the Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All book sale proceeds go to historic preservation, artifact acquisition, exhibit building and educational programming.

Christmas at the Fort
Christmas at the Fort

4th at the Fort

Start date: July 1, 2023
End date: July 2, 2023
All-day event
Location: Fort Plain Museum and Historic Park, 389 Canal Street Fort Plain, NY 13339
Organizer: Fort Plain Museum
Phone: (518) 993-2527
Fort Plain Museum

A Weekend Celebration of American Independence on Saturday & Sunday July Ist & 2nd

Join the Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park as we celebrate Independance Day with Fireworks on Saturday Night, July 1st

This two-day event with free admission includes:

  • Artisans and Vendors
  • Face Painting
  • Scotty Nut Nut Entertainment
  • Bingo
  • Free entry to the museum with a history of the Declaration of Independence
  • Historical Demonstrations, and more!

The Museum is located at 389 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339

  • Period Reenactors
  • Kids Face Painting
  • Artisan CraftersFree Stewarts Ice Cream
  • Period Music
  • Hilltop Tours
  • Fireworks at Wiles Park
  • Declaration Video Exhibit
  • Balloon Animals for Kids
  • The New Liberty Tree
  • Refreshments and more!

Thank you for supporting the Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley

Start date: June 9, 2023
End date: June 11, 2023
All-day event
Location: The Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Theater, 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095
Organizer: Fort Plain Museum
Phone: (518) 993-2527
Fort Plain Museum

The Fort Plain Museum Presents The Revolutionary War Conference 250 in the Mohawk Valley • June 9-11, 2023

Conference 250 Speakers for 2023:

  • Fireside Chat - James Kirby Martin with Guest Host Mark Edward Lender (Sponsored by Westholme Publishing and the Journal of the American Revolution) - Professor and Student Discuss the American Revolutionary War, the Upcoming 250th Anniversary and Their Legacies
  • Friederike Baer - Hessians: The German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War
  • John “Jack” Buchanan - The Battle of Musgrove's Mill, 1780
  • Benjamin L. Carp - The Boston Tea Party at 250: Reflections on the Radicalism of the Revolutionary Movement
  • Vivian E. Davis - Over 250 Years Ago! The Battle of Golden Hill, January 19, 1770
  • Holly A. Mayer - Congress's Own A Canadian Regiment, the Continental Army, and American Union
  • Steven Park - 250 Years of Remembering: The Changing Landscape of Gaspee History
  • Nina Sankovitch - The Abiding Quest of a Forgotten Hero: How Josiah Quincy Battled Overwhelming Odds to Bring Together the Northern and Southern Colonies in 1773, Fanning the Flames of Revolution and Laying the Groundwork for Independence from England
  • Eric H. Schnitzer - Picturing History: The Images of the American War for Independence
  • Sergio Villavicencio - St Eustatius and the American Revolution
  • Mohawk Valley Resident Historian - Terry McMaster - A Revolutionary Couple on the Old New York Frontier: Col. Samuel Clyde & Catharine Wasson of Cherry Valley 
  • New York State and the 250th: Where Things Stand - Presenters: Devin R. Lander, New York State Historian, Phil Giltner, Director of Special Projects, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian  
  • The Fort Plain Museum Board Chairman, Norman J. Bollen - The Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park’s Grand Enhancement Plan – Rebuilding the Blockhouse for the 250th

Bus Tour

Forts and Fortified Homes of the Mohawk Valley - Join Tour Leaders Bruce Venter, Wayne Lenig and Norm Bollen as they guide you through the Mohawk River Valley touring the many sites that housed troops during the Revolutionary War. This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the historic forts, fortified homes and sites that formed the defensive perimeter around Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain).

Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park

Site visits

Site visits will include Fort Failing, Fort Ehle, Fort Clyde, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer, Fort Kayser, Fort Paris, Fort Nellis, Fort Klock and more. Lunch and a Bus Tour Booklet are included. This Bus Trip will start at the Fulton-Montgomery CC - 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095 - Parking Lots B & C - Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring snacks/beverages. This is a rain or shine Bus Tour.


Mail: Please Print and Complete the Form, Instructions are Included on the Form:
Lodging -

Conference Location

The Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Theater - The Visual Arts & Communications Building (Campus Map Building #2) - 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095 (Please Park in Lots 5, 4 or Visitor's Lot)

A Noble Defense Presented by James R. Mc Intyer

Date: July 18, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: This is an online Zoom Event
Organizer: Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park
Phone: 518-774-5669
Fort Plain Museum

The Hessian Repulse at Red Bank October 22, 1777

Monday, July 18, 2022

This is a free Zoom Event and Registration is Required.

To order A Most Gallant Resistance The Delaware River Campaign, September-November 1777, please click this link.
To order Johann Ewald: Jaeger Commander, please click this link.

Most histories of the 1777 campaign in the Philadelphia are dwell on the great clashes at Brandywine and Germantown. In doing so they focus on a series of American defeats. Often neglected in the narratives of the overall campaign is the Hessian repulse at Red Bank, New Jersey—Fort Mercer.

At this small post, a determined group of Rhode Islanders under the command of Colonel Christopher Greene turned back an assault by a Hessian column some 1,200 strong under Colonel Count Carl Emil von Donop. While often overlooked in the pages of subsequent histories, this presentation will argue that, for contemporaries the success at Red Bank was on par with the British surrender at Saratoga.

About the Presenter

Jim Mc Intyre received his Bachelors degree in History from Temple University in 1996 and his Masters from the University of Illinois in 1999. His main interest is the American War of Independence, on which he has written numerous articles and papers. He is the author of The Development of the British Light Infantry, Continental and North American Influences 1740-1765 and Johann Ewald: Jäger Commander, and translator/editor of Johann Ewald, Thoughts of a Hessian Officer on What has to be done During a Tour with a Detachment in the Field. He teaches History at Moraine Valley Community College near Chicago, Illinois and serves as a Fleet Professor in the United States Naval War College’s College of Distance Education, Strategy and War Department.

This event is made possible through an Anonymous Donor - Thank you all for your support!

Revolutionary War Bus Trip

Date: July 16, 2022
Time: 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia & Northern New Jersey Revolutionary War Battle and Historic Sites
Organizer: Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park
Phone: 518-774-5669
Fort Plain Museum

Museum of the American Revolution & Southwestern New Jersey Revolutionary War Battlefield and Historic Sites

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Stop 1 - Museum of the American Revolution - Featuring the Exhibit - Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War Exhibit - To Order a Copy of Liberty, Please Click Here

For Stops 2 and 3, Historian and Author Garry Wheeler Stone will be guiding and speaking to the group about what took place at each stop. Garry has a book titled, The Battle of Gloucester, 1777 - Due out in May - To Preorder a Copy, Please Click Here

Stop 2 - The Red Bank Battlefield Park & the Site of Fort Mercer

• James and Ann Whitall House

• Battle of Red Bank Monument 

• Hugh Mercer Memorial Wall

Stop 3 - Indian King Tavern

• Lafayette and the Battle of Gloucester

For Stops 4 and 5, Historian Adam Zielinski will join the tour and speak about what happened at these historic sites.

Stop 4 - Mount Holly 

• Battle of Iron Works Hill Site    

• St. Andrews Cemetery 

• Stephen Girard House 

• Friends Meeting House 

• Three Tuns Tavern

Stop 5 - Petticoat Road Bridge Skirmish Site

Registration: $99 Per Person

To Register Online: Please Click Here (Scroll Down to Next Events and Select "Get Tickets" Under the Revolutionary War Bus Trip)

To Register by Mail: Please email with Name, Email, Phone Number and Pick-up Location (Amsterdam, Albany or Hudson Valley). Then Please send a check for $99 made out to The Fort Plain Museum - ATN: Bus Trip - P.O. Box 324 - Fort Plain, NY 13339

Ticket Price includes round trip, lunch, and site fees, speakers, tours and materials. 

There will be a pick-up in Amsterdam, Albany, the Hudson Valley and NJ.

Thank you, your ticket purchase supports the Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park, a 501(c)3 - Non-Profit Organization.