State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C - Schenectady) reported that historic sites owned and operated by New York State, such as Johnson Hall in Johnstown, are now waiving the fee for children 12 and under.
"This is the general admission fee," Senator Farley said, "so if a school group visits, they may be charged the group rate. This waiver entices families to come visit our local historic sites. We are encouraging families to get out of the house, enjoy some local history and spend time together in a fun and educational way."
Sir William Johnson is known for his role in the French and Indian Wars as a Major General with the Colonial Army. The British Crown later appointed him Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the northern region. Sir William Johnson's influence was especially felt in the City of Johnstown, which he founded. Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located on Hall Avenue and is his restored 1760s home. This National Historic Landmark is a Georgian-style building that is made of wood but looks like stone. The large estate, which includes a mill, blacksmith shop, Indian store and barns, was established to encourage people to settle in the area. To learn more and receive information on driving directions and hours, call Johnson Hall at 762-8712.
Senator Farley has a historic guide to Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga and Schenectady counties that includes information on Johnson Hall. To obtain the free publication, call his office at 455-2181 (Albany), 843-2188 (Amsterdam) or 762-3733 (Johnstown).