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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.
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Contributing historical content editor: Joan Kark-Wren of Fort Klock Historic Restoration.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.
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.
Greetings from Fort Klock Historic Restoration. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting time for us at the Johannes Klock fortified homestead. 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.
We are writing to invite the public to take part in
the Fort Klock experience.
In addition to our special events throughout the season, we can provide interpretive services to the community. We welcome Schools, scout troops, and organizations to visit the fort on a field trip (advanced reservations required).
Members of the Fort Klock Historic Restoration can arrange to visit your classrooms or groups to present programs relating to the colonial era.
Individuals and families are welcome to join our organization, we encourage you to volunteer. Donating your time and talents to special events as well as every day activities (gardening, interpreting colonial life on a farm, 19th century blacksmith shop, 19th century one room school and maintaining collections, just to name a few) is very rewarding and appreciated!
Children have a special place at Fort Klock Restoration as our young pioneers. Each year in August we offer our 3-day Young Pioneer Program. Kids between the ages of 9 and 13, dress in period clothing and learn various colonial life skills. Kids 10-16 may also join our young pioneer volunteer group. This group provides the training needed to assist our site interpreters with living history, tours etc. Young people are the future caretakers of the past.
Please contact us for more information or to schedule group programs.
Our season starts May 19-20,2018. This will be a 2-day event, there will be many colonial life demonstrations including baking in the beehive oven, brewing, open hearth cooking and blacksmithing.
The weather outside is frightful ! But we are already planning events for the 2018 season.
Stay warm and stay tuned for more information on upcoming events.
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.
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.
Fort Klock Historic Restoration in the Mohawk Valley, New York Colony 1750
The VHA is here to promote living history and support regional historic sites and historical societies