Johnson’s death remembered at Hall

JOHNSTOWN — Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Ave., will observe the anniversary of the July 11, 1774, death of Sir William Johnson by presenting a free program on “Disease, Death and Mourning in the 18th Century” on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The hall will be draped in mourning during the open house. At 11:30 a.m. Anne Clothier will speak on “Maladies, Medicine and Mortality in Upstate New York, 1750-1850.”  At 1 p.m. “18th Century Medicine and Surgery” will be discussed by Paul Supley. At 2:30 p.m. historic site manager Wade Wells will present “Funeral and Mourning Practices of the Period” and will accompany the coffin in the White Parlor throughout the day.

The hall will remain draped in mourning Sunday, during regularly scheduled tours from 1 to 4 p.m.

Donations to help support the event will be appreciated.

Johnson Hall was the 1763 English Georgian estate of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant, according to a news release. Johnson was the largest single landowner and most influential individual in the colonial Mohawk Valley. His success in dealing with the Six Nations 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. Today, the main house and flanking stonehouses, originally surrounded by a 700-acre farm, illustrate Sir William and Molly Brant’s family life through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events. 

Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located just off West State Street (State Highway 29 West).  For more information on Johnson Hall and its 2018 special events, write JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov or visit www.facebook.com/johnsonhallstatehistoricsite or www.friendsofjohnsonhallny.org.

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