Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park

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    Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    10 am to 4 pm

    Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

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Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park

The Fort Plain Museum began operation in 1961 as the Fort Plain Restoration with an emphasis on rebuilding Revolutionary War Fort Plain.

The Museum is located in the Village of Fort Plain and Town of Minden. The village of Fort Plain was originally named after the fort, an important military outpost in the Revolutionary War.

At that time the museum began archaeological field work on the Fort Plain hilltop, unearthing 18th century period artifacts relating to the fort’s history. On April 26, 1963 the museum received a “Provisional Charter” from the State of New York and a designation as a 501C3 not-for-profit educational institution. Archaeology continued in 1964 as additional sites relating to colonial Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer were unearthed. In 1968 the organization received an “Absolute Charter” from the University of the State of New York Making the institution a permanent member of the museum community. Archaeological investigation and research continued in 1975 under the auspices of Wayne Lenig who excavated the site of the original fort’s stockade. The exploration uncovered barracks buildings, a dining hall, officer’s quarters, a small blockhouse and sentry posts.

During the 1980’s and 90’s the museum has developed exhibits on the different eras of history of the village of Fort Plain.

Currently the museum’s exhibits span the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries covering such topics as the Mohawk and Oneida Indians, German Palatines of the Mohawk, Victorian Era in the valley and the Erie Canal. Recently the Board of Directors decided the museum should refocus its efforts on the original colonial Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer story. Research is again underway focusing on the fort’s role in American history as the defender of the Mohawk Valley.

The museum property encompasses a park of approximately 75 acres and contains the following site and features:

  • Site of Revolutionary War Fort Plain/ Fort Rensselaer
  • Stone farm house of David Lipe built in 1848
  • Excavated site of a 3 story square blockhouse
  • ¾ mile of original Otsquago Trail Road
  • Foundation of Revolutionary War era bridge
  • Freshwater spring originally described as water supply to the fort
  • Site central cook house on fort hill
  • Site of blacksmith shop which served the fort
  • Site of Fort Rensselaer Redoubt & Crown works
  • Remains of earthen trench works originally dug for defense of the hilltop
  • Site of two settlers’ cabins near the Otsquago Trail Road
  • Reconstructed farm house of Johannes Lipe ca. 1780
  • Mill dam ca. 1860

In 2009 the museum débuted new indoor and outdoor exhibits on Fort Plain’s role in the Revolutionary War and the defense of the Mohawk Valley.

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
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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.

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