Fort Klock Historic Restoration in the Mohawk Valley, New York Colony 1750
Website Design and Editorial content by Jim Sparks. 2018.
Contributing historical content editor: Joan Kark-Wren of Fort Klock Historic Restoration.
An association composed of people dedicated to the continued restoration of Fort Klock as a living history museum and preservation of an important example of early colonial life in upstate New York Colony of the mid 18th century.
April 2018 Greetings from Fort Klock Historic Restoration. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting time for us at the Johannes Klock fortified homestead.
Opening weekend is on the way! It is looking to be a very busy weekend. Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20.
*Our Cooper Bob Allers is back and will demonstrate his trade.
*We will have open hearth cooking demos in the house BOTH days.
*Outdoor bread oven baking will go on throught the weekend.
*Children can dip beeswax candles both days.
*The 18th century surgery presentation with Dr. D. Shepard (Dave Goodrich) takes place on Saturday and 18th century medicine with Mr. Supley will happen Sunday.
*Textile demonstrations both days in the Fort, and our
*Hammer-In Blacksmithing workshop is on this same weekend.
*Harvey Alexander will be back brewing 18th century beer on Saturday.
*18th century Toys and Games offers many activities and our
*1820's School house will be open for lessons BOTH days.
*Members of the Rural Felicty group will delight us with some period tunes on Saturday.
In conjunction with the Hammer in event, refreshment will be available for purchase near the smithy.
*McCracken's 1st NY will encamp on site and provide glimpses of a recreated continental army unit on the March through the valley.
*Our resident Fur trapper Mike Haskell will be at the Fort.
*Quinn's Irish Hill Farm will have Honey and Soap for sale as well as great interpretations of both skills.
Stay tuned for more announcements!
Fort Klock continues to offer a glimpse into the 18th century life of a working farm and fortified homestead in the Mohawk Valley. Through living history demonstrations and recreated room interiors, interpreters, members and reenactors work to provide a rich educational experience of this important example of early American life.
The restored homestead, privately owned and operated, is a National Historic Landmark. Our organization is designated as not for profit (501-c-3) and is chartered by the NYS Education Department Board of Regents as an educational institution. We are not State owned, and do not receive operating money from the state. We do rely on the generosity of the public to keep this private homestead open.
Fort Klock is located in one of New York State's premier historic areas. Built by Johannes Klock, 1750, a German Palatine who came to area with the great Palatine migration. He built his fortified home out of locally mined limestone and included defensive Musket Loopholes, in the outer walls, to protect his family, during two 18th century conflicts.
Renovation and preservation of this historic place is done with care and concern for architectural and structural integrity as well as presenting an accurate look into the lives of the Klock family that lived here during the French & Indian war and Revolution.
Visit the new website: Valley History Alliance
Each season Fort Klock presents a diverse mix of entertaining and educational events. Old favorites, such as the Craft Fair and Folk Music Concert, continue to please audiences. Young Pioneer Days offers kids the chance to step back in time. Colonial living history events provide visitors with a better understanding of the way it was.
It's never been a better time to visit the Fort and all of the historic structures in the Mohawk Valley, where history comes alive.
Fort Klock is open seasonally. This year Fort Klock opens in May and closes on Columbus Day. Tours will start up again on Opening Day.
The VHA is here to promote living history and support regional historic sites and historical societies