Holiday events planned Friday

JOHNSTOWN — In conjunction with the city’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Ave., will hold a free holiday open house on Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The hall will be decorated for the holiday season and will feature live 18th-century music performed by Liaison Plaisantes on the second floor.

Mulled cider and ginger cookies will be served at the slave quarters fireplace.

The museum shop will offer 20 percent off for holiday shopping that evening.

Horse-drawn wagon rides on the mansion’s candlelit circular drive, by Fritz-Ann Farms, will be available to visitors between 6 to 8:30 p.m.

An outside fire to keep warm is also planned.

Donations will be accepted and will be earmarked for the continued historic restoration efforts of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant’s historic home.

Johnson Hall was the 1763 Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant and their family. Sir William (1715 to 1774) was the single largest landowner and most influential individual in the colonial Mohawk Valley.

His success in dealing with the Six Nations (aka Iroquois Confederacy) had a lasting impact on their relationship with the English, and largely influenced England’s victory in the Anglo-French struggle for control of colonial North America.

The main house and flanking stone houses, originally surrounded by a 700-acre farm, now interpret the Johnson family through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events.

Johnson Hall is located just off West State Street (Route 29 West).

For more information, visit the site’s Facebook page or www.friendsofjohnsonhallny.org.

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