JOHNSTOWN — The 18th Century Market Fair at Johnson Hall State Historic Site will be held July 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Throughout both days colonial sutlers (vendors) will offer their wares for sale. Demonstrations of 18th century daily life will add to the event, including an encampment, period dram (tavern) demo and colonial toys and games. In the slave quarters, culinary historian and hearth cooking specialist Lavada Nahon will demonstrate open-hearth cooking and interpret historic African and African-American food ways.
Among the highlights of the 2-day event are live 18th century period performances by Colonial Magician Mr. Bayly and the Punchbowl Sisters’ Punch and Judy shows. On Saturday a tea demonstration will be given, and foot races will be held. The schedule of activities will be posted each day of the event.
Free self-guided tours of Johnson Hall will be available and the Museum Shop will be open. The Georgian Kitchen will offer period cakes, breads and other baked goods for sale.
While admission is free, donations will be accepted. As there is no parking on the site during this event, a shuttle bus will be available to transport Fair-goers from the parking lot at Johnstown High School.
The event is co-sponsored by Johnson Hall State Historic Site and Friends of Johnson Hall.
Market Fair is a recreation of an event first hosted by Sir William Johnson in 1772. Johnson, who created his English Georgian estate in 1763, 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, interpret Sir William and Molly Brant’s family life through guided tours of period room settings, educational programs and events.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site is at 139 Hall Ave. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.friendsofjohnsonhallny.org.