Hugh T. Farley's Blog

Discover Local Treasures and Learn About Our Rich Heritage This Summer

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Dear Friend:


Our area has a rich heritage and I have highlighted some of the wonderful opportunities for tourism and recreation in Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties. Filled with history, architectural treasures, geological wonders and natural beauty, this area offers many interesting attractions for both tourists and residents.


I'd like to share with you some of these special places, and I encourage you to discover -- or rediscover -- many of the resources in our own backyard. Along the way, be sure to stop in and support our many fine local restaurants, shops and other attractions.


The following list contains links to websites highlighting historical sites and museums. I do recommend calling ahead to confirm the hours of operation.


For additional information about these or other sites, or about the many festivals and special events scheduled for this summer, you may wish to contact the local chambers of commerce. Their phone numbers and web links are included at the bottom of the list.


Cordially,


Senator Hugh T. Farley


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FULTON COUNTY


Johnson Hall State Historic Site (City of Johnstown) - http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/10/details.aspx, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnson-Hall-State-Historic-Site/337456426283259


Fulton County Court House (City of Johnstown) - http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/elecbook/fulton/pg4.htm


Caroga Historical Museum - http://www.carogalake.com/museums.html


Johnstown Historical Society Museum - http://www.cityofjohnstown-ny.com/historical_society1.htm


Greater Johnstown School District Museum - http://www.johnstownschools.org/district/schoolmuseum/schoolmuseum.htm


Northville and Northampton Historical Society Museum - http://fulton.nygenweb.net/towns/fulnnorthampton.html


Glove Theatre and Museum (Gloversville) - http://www.glovetheatre.org/museum.asp


Peck's Park Historical Society (Town of Johnstown) - http://www.mohawkvalleymuseums.com/peckspark.html, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pecks-Park-Historical-Society-and-Museum/185203401556391


Rice Homestead (Mayfield) - http://mayfieldny.org/content/History


The Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum (Vail Mills) - http://www.wildlifesportsmuseum.com/


Fulton County Historical Society & Museum (Gloversville) - http://www.fultoncountymuseum.org/


MONTGOMERY COUNTY


Old Fort Johnson (Village of Fort Johnson) - http://www.oldfortjohnson.org/, https://www.facebook.com/oldfortjohnson


(The Fort is currently closed due to the 2011 flooding, but will hopefully reopen by July)


Palatine Church (Town of Palatine) - http://oldpalatinechurch.org/


Nellis Tavern (Town of Palatine) - http://www.palatinesettlementsociety.org/


Fort Klock Historic Restoration (Town of Palatine) - http://fortklock.org/, http://threerivershms.com/


Montgomery County Department of History and Archives (Fonda) - http://www.co.montgomery.ny.us/historian/, https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Montgomery-County-Department-of-History-Archives/125329357548376


National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine and Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum (Fonda) - http://www.katerishrine.com/


Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community (Town of Mohawk) - http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/, https://www.facebook.com/#!/KanatsioharekeMohawkCommunity


Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum - http://www.clag.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canajoharie-Library/163648117002590?v=wall


Erie Canal - http://www.eriecanal.org/index.html, https://www.facebook.com/#!/ErieCanalway


Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site (Fort Hunter) - http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/27/details.aspx, https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Friends-of-Schoharie-Crossing/166001310105168


Little Red School House Museum (Fonda) - http://blueflower.tripod.com/school.htm


Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Museum (St. Johnsville) - http://reaneydays.org/content


(As of early June, the museum collections are temporarily closed due to some construction, but will hopefully reopen soon.)


Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park - http://www.fortplainmuseum.com/, https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Fort-Plain-Museum/109880805699881


The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (City of Amsterdam) - http://www.pwhf.org/, https://www.facebook.com/ProWrestlingHall


Sanford Stud Farm (Town of Amsterdam) - http://www.sanfordstudfarm.org/, https://www.facebook.com/#!/FOSSF


National Shrine of North American Martyrs (Auriesville) - http://www.martyrshrine.org/


Van Alstyne Homestead (Canajoharie) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Van-Alstyne-Homestead-Society-of-Canajoharie/227312113965476


Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley (Amsterdam) - http://www.walterelwoodmuseum.org/


(Currently closed due to the flooding in 2011, but visit this site for more information or to lend your support to their efforts)


SARATOGA COUNTY


Saratoga National Historical Park - http://www.nps.gov/sara/index.htm, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Saratoga-National-Historical-Park/145262188828613


Grant Cottage (Wilton/Moreau) - http://www.grantcottage.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ulysses-S-Grant-Cottage-State-Historic-Site/195720673826940


National Bottle Museum (Ballston Spa) - http://nationalbottlemuseum.org/, https://www.facebook.com/NationalBottleMuseum


Brookside Museum (Ballston Spa) - http://www.brooksidemuseum.org/, https://www.facebook.com/brooksidemuseum


Canfield Casino (Saratoga Springs) - http://www.saratogahistory.org/


Charlton Historical Society Museum - http://www.charltonnyhs.org/museum.html


Wilton Heritage Museum - http://www.wiltonhistorical.org/pages/museum.htm, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wilton-Historical-Society/108804187146


Town of Day Museum - http://www.townofday.com/history.cfm


Nellie Tyrell Museum (Edinburg) - http://www.edinburg-hist-soc.org/museums.html


Copeland Covered Bridge (Edinburg) - http://www.coveredbridgesite.com/ny/copeland.html


New York State Military Museum (Saratoga Springs) - http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/mil-hist.htm, https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-State-Military-Museum/121467901283599


Saratoga Automobile Museum (Saratoga Springs) - http://saratogaautomuseum.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saratoga-Automobile-Museum/192353584030


National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame (Saratoga Springs) - http://www.dancemuseum.org/, https://www.facebook.com/dancemuseum


The Children's Museum at Saratoga - http://www.childrensmuseumatsaratoga.org/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Childrens-Museum-at-Saratoga/56228973327


National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (Saratoga Springs) - http://www.racingmuseum.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Museum-of-Racing-and-Hall-of-Fame/351769105314


Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum (Saratoga Springs) - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saratoga-Harness-Hall-of-Fame-Museum/138055476210215


SCHENECTADY COUNTY


Edison Tech Center (formerly known as Edison Exploratorium) (Schenectady) - http://edisontechcenter.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Edison-Tech-Center/198384653540249


Efner History Research Library (Schenectady) - http://www.schenectadyhistory.org/efner.html


Stockade Neighborhood (Schenectady) - http://historicstockade.com/


Mabee Farm Historic Site (Rotterdam) - http://mabeefarm.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mabee-Farm-Historic-Site/89486543098


Proctor's Theatre (Schenectady) - http://www.proctors.org/, https://www.facebook.com/atproctors


GE Realty Plot (Schenectady) - http://www.realtyplot.org/


Union College (Schenectady) - http://www.union.edu/, https://www.facebook.com/unioncollege


Nott Memorial (and Mandeville Gallery at Union College, Schenectady) - http://www.union.edu/about/history/campus/nott/index.php


Schenectady Museum and Suits-Bueche Planetarium - http://www.schenectadymuseum.org/, https://www.facebook.com/schenectadymuseum


Schenectady County Historical Society - http://www.schist.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Schenectady-County-Historical-Society/35464978347?ref=ts


Flint House (Scotia) - http://www.visitscotia.com/flinthouse.html


Empire State Aerosciences Museum (Glenville) - http://www.esam.org/, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Empire-State-Aerosciences-Museum/208103179224289


Gallery of New York Traditions: Folk Art, Folk Music and Folk Life (Schenectady) - http://www.nyfolklore.org/, https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/New-York-Folklore-Society/76410462500


The American Locomotive Company (ALCO) Heritage Museum (Schenectady) - http://www.alcoheritagemuseum.org/


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While this list highlights several museums and historic sites which have websites, there are many more attractions, resources and activities in our community, including golf courses, swimming sites, local parks and natural areas, horse riding, campgrounds, farmers' markets, fairs festivals, scenic country roads, rodeos, horse racing, auto and moto-cross races, and even skydiving and indoor rock climbing. For more information on attractions and special events, I encourage you to contact the following Chambers of Commerce.


Fulton County Chamber: 725-0641 or (800) 676-3858. http://www.fultoncountyny.org, http://44lakes.com, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Visit-Fulton-County-NY/197681430254022


Montgomery County Chamber: 842-8200 or (800) 743-7337. http://www.montgomerycountyny.com/


Saratoga County Chamber: 584-3255. http://www.saratoga.org/


Schenectady County Chamber: 372-5656. http://www.schenectadychamber.org/, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chamber-of-Schenectady-County/184275560318


I LOVE NY TRAVEL GUIDE: (800) CALL-NYS.


http://www.iloveny.com/Brochures.aspx


https://www.facebook.com/iloveny

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