The Orchard at Old Fort Johnson
Sir William's house and gardens at Fort Johnson were surrounded by acres of fields growing wheat, peas, corn and vegetables for export trade as well as local consumption.
The estate also contained fruit orchards. Johnson ordered a variety of fruit trees for his orchards, including cherry, white apple, crab apple, pear and plum. His attempts at growing lemons, limes and oranges were not very successful.
Estate gardeners would have been responsible for planting, tending and grafting the trees. In addition servants or slaves were used to help harvest from the orchards, produce sweet and hard ciders and other preserves from the fruit.
Several guests visiting Fort Johnson described the festive meals they were served
as consisting mostly of produce from the estate.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Forts and Castles.
Location. 42° 57.433′ N, 74° 14.417′ W. Marker is in Fort Johnson, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of New York State Route 5 and Fort
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Johnson (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Johnson (here, next to this marker); Fort Johnson, 1749 (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Putman's Lock Grocery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Claus Mansion (approx. one mile away); Amsterdam World War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Guy Park, 1766 (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Johnson.
Also see . . .
1. Old Fort Johnson - Montgomery County Historical Society. (Submitted on December 13, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet (Wikipedia). (Submitted on December 13, 2020, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 24 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.