“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Johnstown in Fulton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Revolution in the Mohawk Valley

Johnson Hall State Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joe Harness, July 20, 2011
1. Johnson Hall State Historic Site Marker
Inscription. Sir William Johnson built Johnson Hall in 1763 as the center of a grand estate. He was made a British baronet for his role in the French & Indian Wars, a title his son, John, inherited upon his death in 1774. By December 1775, rebel unrest led John Johnson to stockade his house with swivel guns and artillery. The new Continental Congress ordered General Philip Schuyler to take the arms of any Loyalists in Tryon County and to "apprehend their chief." On January 18, 1776, Schuyler and Colonel Herkimer led 3,000 troops and militia to Johnstown where they disarmed Johnson and a Loyalist force of about 400 men. The Tryon County Committee of Safety eventually ordered Sir John's arrest. Warned by friends, he fled to Canada in May with a large group of Loyalists. His pregnant wife and young son were imprisoned in Albany, escaping in the middle of the winter. Johnson returned to the region several times leading British military raids. The Third New Jersey Regiment took possession of Johnson Hall in 1776. Eventually all of the Johnson estates were sold at auction, generating ₤3,576 for New York State, about $894,000 in 2008 dollars.
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Heritage New York, and Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor, and NBT Bank.
Location. 43° 0.915′ N, 74° 22.977′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, New York, in Fulton County. Marker is on Hall Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Johnstown NY 12095, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Who Was Sir William Johnson ? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johnson Hall 1762 (about 500 feet away); Landscaping Johnson Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Johnson Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of Sir William Johnson, Baronet. (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Battle In American Revolution (approx. half a mile away); Site of First St John's Church (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Johnstown.
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2012, by Joe Harness of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 27, 2012, by Joe Harness of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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