Demonstrations set this weekend at site

JOHNSTOWN -?An event marking the 250th anniversary of the building of Johnson Hall – “Mortar Stone and Timber”: The Building of Johnson Hall – will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, rain or shine.

Among the highlights of the two-day event will be demonstrations of building trades, crafts and military activities. Demonstrations will include stonecutting, replicating rusticated siding, blacksmithing and paint making.

Artillery demonstrations are scheduled using reproduction swivel guns, a wall gun and light field pieces, a news release said, all of which are items referenced in Sir William’s probate inventory.

Aaron Robinson will lead scheduled “Beyond the Mansion” walking tours of the grounds, highlighting former structure sites and landscape features that were an important part of life at Johnson Hall.

The historic house will be open for self-guided tours, where visitors will have an opportunity to see Sir William’s room currently under restoration, as it may have looked while being painted in 1763.

Admission to the event will be free. However, donations will be accepted.

Limited parking is available on site for those with handicapped permits only. For all others, parking is available at the Johnstown High School parking lot off Pearl Street. A shuttle bus will be available throughout the event to transport visitors from the high school to Johnson Hall.

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