Hi everyone! Not too long ago my sweet husband and I took a tour of several historic homes in the small town of Schoharie (NY). We learned fascinating, Revolutionary period history about the town and surrounding area. Today I thought I’d walk you through the final four homes we toured. (Part I)
Owned and cared for by the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Lasell Hall was built by Johannes Lawyer to serve jointly as a home and as a tavern in 1795.
It is filled with lovely antiques and newer props (like this new-ish hat sitting on an old chair).
The upstairs is staged like the tavern might have been back in 1795.
They had some early textiles on display.
Along with some ironstone, pewter, and flow blue china.
And this pretty blue and white tea set.
Door knobs and latches always catch my attention.
Christian Hess House
Built in 1795 by Charles and Kathleen Kees, the Christian Hess House sits near the Stony Brook in Schoharie.
A bird’s nest wreath greets visitors at the entrance.
Along with the smell of freshly baked Irish soda bread.
Loved the centerpiece and am now hoping to get my hands on something like this long piece of curved wood.
The period decor was beautiful without being too dark and heavy.
This painted box was one of my favorite pieces in the house.
George Mann Tory Tavern
In addition to the home tours, we paid for a [delicious] buffet luncheon at the George Mann Tory Tavern, where George Mann is said to have held Tory Loyalist meetings during the Revolution.
The first floor open fireplace offers both beauty and warmth.
The upstairs kitchen cabinet doors sport beautiful copper-punch inserts.
Some of the hardware is original to this 1772 home filled with history.
The Old Stone Fort
The Old Stone Fort, our final stop of the afternoon, contains a number of interesting historical displays and is open from mid-May to mid-October.
Built by Germans in 1772, the Old Stone Fort originally functioned as a church.
By 1777, a fence enclosed the building and it served as a strategic fort along the Schoharie River. It was attacked in 1780 by a loyalist and Indian army lead by Col. John Johnson of Johnstown (NY). Love this door!
Now a museum, the fort contains all kinds of artifacts like this spectacular sign.
And this simple broadside with the beautiful Roman type font.
An original mantel and some period wall paper.
And a couple of antique cash registers.
Across the street from the fort, and part of the museum compound, sits an old cabin.
A cemetery and a little red schoolhouse, also on the compound. We’d love to go back and visit again when these other buildings are open.
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the tour with me!
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