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Open house slated for hall

JOHNSTOWN — In conjunction with the city’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall State Historic Site will hold its Holiday Open House on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Johnson Hall will be decorated for the holiday season and will feature live 18th-century music performed by Liaison Plaisantes. Reenactors will staff several rooms to interpret 18th-century life. Homemade mulled cider will be served at the Stonehouse fireplace, and the museum shop will offer 20 percent off on holiday shopping that evening.

Visitors are reminded that, in order to protect the new reproduction floor cloth now installed in the center hall, hob-nailed shoes, spiked heels or any other type of damaging shoe may no longer to worn inside Johnson Hall.

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

This year’s event will be co-sponsored by Johnson Hall State Historic Site, the Friends of Johnson Hall, Goderie’s Tree Farm, Hewitt’s Garden Center and Antonucci’s Foods.

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 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 stonehouses, originally surrounded by a 700-acre farm, now interpret the Johnson family and 18th-century life through guided tours of the period room settings, educational programs and special events.

Johnson Hall State Historic Site is located at 139 Hall Ave., just off West State Street (Route 29 West). For more information check out its Facebook page, visit www.friendsofjohnsonhallny.org, or email JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov.

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