Old Fort Johnson set to open for the season

FORT JOHNSON – Old Fort Johnson on Route 67 will open for the season with a bake and brew event and book signing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17.

Admission is free but donations are always welcome, a news release said.

Re-enactors David Manthey and Harvey Alexander from the 2nd Albany County Militia will be at the bake and brew event. Manthey will demonstrate 18th- century baking in a reproduction bake oven, and Alexander will explain the brewing of beer.

Treats will be available for sampling throughout the day.

The event also marks the first day that a new publication, “The Bread Oven,” will be available for purchase.

It contains a brief history of baking at the Old Fort and recipes.

Old Fort Johnson, Sir William Johnson’s fieldstone home, fortified during the French and Indian War, reflects Johnson’s early beginnings in the Mohawk Valley.

The Old Fort was not only Johnson’s primary residence from 1749 to 1763, but also his place of business with a trading post, gristmill and sawmill located on the property.

The Old Fort passed to his son John Johnson, whose Loyalist support during the Revolutionary War led to the Old Fort being confiscated and eventually sold. The home remains virtually untouched by the changes of style and time, the news release said.

Visitors can view pieces originally owned by the Johnson Family, artifacts reflecting Mohawk Valley history and a rare 18th century privy.

For additional information, call 843-0300 or visit www.oldfortjohnson.org.