Johnstown in Fulton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Built 1774 as Colonial Jail
Rev. War Civil-Military HQ.
Inspected by Lafayette 1778
Capt. John Littel Commanded
During Oct. 1781 Ross Raid Supervisors &
JTown Hist Soc
Erected 2013 by Johnstown Supervisors & Johnstown Historical Society.
Location. 43° 0.175′ N, 74° 22.253′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, New York, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of South Perry Street and East Montgomery Street, on the right when traveling north on South Perry Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 East Montgomery Street, Johnstown NY 12095, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Johnstown (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Johnstown (here, next to this marker); Talmadge Edwards (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Burk's Inn (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1 Mile to Baronial Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (approx. ¼ mile away); Elizabeth Cady Stanton (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Johnstown (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Johnstown.
More about this marker.
Regarding Fort Johnstown. Fort Johnstown was built in 1772 as the Tryon County Jail. It was placed on the highest ground in the village in case of Indian attack or war. It was considered one of America's strongest buildings for defense, with massive stone walls impervious to all but the heaviest artillery. During the American Revolution, the jail became Fort Johnstown as well as a military prison. The structure was fortified with a surrounding palisade and lookout towers at diagonal corners. It was manned by militia companies to protect the Sacandaga from enemy infiltration.
Fort Johnstown served as a base for Col. Marinus Willett and 400 militia on October 25, 1781, when a British raiding party of over 700 Loyalists and Indians withdrew through Johnstown after burning a great swath of the Mohawk Valley.
Willett's men attacked the retreating British in a battle strung along the route of today's Johnson Avenue.
Today the building is the office of the Fulton County Planning Department
Additional keywords. Fort Johnstown Jail
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
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