Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park

  • Hours of Operation

    Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    10 am to 4 pm

    Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

    Groups (any size and buses) are welcome, please contact us at fortplainmuseum@yahoo.com

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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.

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
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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.

Registration: 

Mail: Please Print and Complete the Form, Instructions are Included on the Form: https://fortplainmuseum.org/content/2023%20Rev%20War%20Conference%20Registration%20Form1.pdf
Online: https://fortplainmuseum.square.site/conference
Lodging – https://fortplainmuseum.org/content/2023%20Hotel-Lodging%20Information%20-%20Rev%20War.pdf

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)

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