History, Art and Gorge Trio Day Trip
Fort Klock Historic Restoration
Start the day at Fort Klock, a restored 1750 stone fort farmhouse on 30 acres in the lush Mohawk Valley. Daily tours and demonstrations include the fort, a Colonial Dutch barn, a little red schoolhouse and a blacksmith shop.
During the French-Indian War and the American Revolution, Fort Klock hosted Alexander Hamilton, General Phillip Schuyler, General James Clinton, General Nicholas Herkimer and many other notable historic figures.
Fort Klock is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, Memorial Day through Columbus Day. $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children under 12. Groups wishing to use the picnic grounds and/or arrange large group tours are asked to schedule ahead of time. Call 1-518-568-7779; http://www.fortklockrestoration.org/
From I-90 W, take Exit 29, toward NY-10/Canajoharie/Sharon Springs; turn right on East Main Street; after .2 mile turn right on NY-10 N/Church Street. After .3 miles, turn left on NY-5 W (also called East Grand Street) 7214 New York 5, St. Johnsville, NY
Picnics are allowed on the grounds, or stop for a meal along the 15-minute drive to The Arkell.
Restaurants open for lunch near Fort Klock and The Arkell include Lombardo’s Pizza Plus, Parkside Drive-In, Gabriana’s Pizza and Pasta, Season’s Eats, Onatah Cafe, Papa Joe’s Pizzeria.
Directions from Fort Klock to Arkell: East on NY5 for 9.4 miles. Turn right onto NY10S/Bridge Street. After .3 miles, turn right on Erie Boulevard. 2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY is on the right. It’s three blocks from Exit 29.
The Arkell is an astounding gem of a gallery with a collection of 19th/20th century art that would make most big-city museums jealous. A lasting legacy of industrial-age philanthropy, The Arkell’s permanent collections were purchased almost exclusively by Bartlett Arkell for the people of Canajoharie. Arkell, the founder and first president of the Beech-Nut Packing Company, built the original Canajoharie Gallery in 1927 based on European galleries. A museum designed by Ann Beha and DesignLAB Architects was added in 2007 to the existing Canajoharie Library and Art Gallery to provide inspiring new space for exhibitions and programs.
The American painting collection includes 21 works by Winslow Homer and significant paintings by many distinguished artists, including George Inness, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Henri and other members of The Eight. Permanent and changing exhibitions feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut archives of early twentieth-century advertising material.
The Arkell opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. It closes at 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior citizens and free for children under 11 and members. Arkell Museum Official Site
After a few hours of art, there’s still time for some relaxed recreation before dinner. It’s only a 5-minute drive to Wintergreen Park and Gorge, which stays open until 9:30 p.m. The dramatic gorge has waterfalls, scenic trails and areas to enjoy a sunset picnic.
Wintergreen Park and Gorge
Directions from The Arkell to Wintergreen Park and Gorge: head east on Erie Boulevard; turn right on Church; take Moyer Street and Carlisle Road to Wintergreen Park Road.
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