Old Fort Johnson

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Fort Johnson
Fort Johnson Bigfrontyard.jpg
Location Fort Johnson, NY
Nearest city Amsterdam
Coordinates 42°57′26″N 74°14′30″W / 42.95722°N 74.24167°W / 42.95722; -74.24167Coordinates: 42°57′26″N 74°14′30″W / 42.95722°N 74.24167°W / 42.95722; -74.24167
Built ca. 1749
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP Reference # 72000858
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 28, 1972[1]
Designated NHL November 28, 1972 [2]

Old Fort Johnson, or Fort Johnson, was a two-story stone house enclosed in fortifications built by Sir William Johnson about 1749 in the town of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York, United States. The fort served as Johnson's home, business office and trading center until 1763 when he moved to Johnson Hall in what is now Johnstown, New York.[3] Sir William's son Sir John Johnson owned the house from 1763 until 1776, when it was confiscated by the local Committee of Safety. The house is now located directly across from the Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Company in Fort Johnson, New York.

The house remains and is owned and operated as a museum by the Montgomery County Historical Society. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1972.[2][4][5]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Fort Johnson". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Fort Johnson" by Timothy J. Shannon in Peter Eisenstadt (editor) The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, c.2005), page 589.
  4. ^ Snell, Charles W. (April 19, 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Fort Johnson" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Fort Johnson—Accompanying photos" (pdf). National Park Service. 1983. 


  • Mendel, Mesick, Cohen, Architects, Fort Johnson Historical Structure Report (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1978)

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