James Burk Inn set to open

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Historical Society recently announced the grand opening of the James Burk Inn, located on the corner of William and Montgomery streets, will take place Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The society recently took over ownership of the building from the Johnstown chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which has owned the structure since 1925, a news release said. The building will still be the meeting place for the DAR, the release said. With the joint effort of both organizations, it will be easier to maintain.

The building has a long and unique history, the release said. The house – constructed in 1765 – is believed to be one of the first 10 houses built by Sir William Johnson. It is said the first shots of the Revolution in Johnstown were fired from out of the upstairs window, according to the release.

There also are many historical artifacts to be seen in the James Burk Inn, the release said, including Burk’s original tavern sign and his top hat.

The event is free, but donations are appreciated, the release said. Refreshments will be served.

According to the release, in a recent statement, Harriet Grady, past regent and Irene Hauser, present regent, said, “the members of the Johnstown Chapter NSDAR are pleased with the transfer of their chapter house, the James Burk Inn, to the Johnstown Historical Society. The end result of this transfer will allow both groups to share in the goals of the historic preservation, education and pride in our heritage in Johnstown.”

Historical society President Noel S. Levee stated acquiring the James Burk Inn adds more to the big picture of the history of Johnstown; in some cases, some of the collections can be combined to create one larger, more in-depth exhibit, the release said.