Fort Johnstown

Fort Johnstown (HM11FX)

Location: Johnstown, NY 12095 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 0.175', W 74° 22.253'

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This structure was built in 1772 as the Tryon County Jail. It was placed on the highest ground in the village in case of Indian attack or war. It was considered one of America's strongest buildings for defense, with massive stone walls impervious to all but the heaviest artillery.

During the American Revolution, the jail became Fort Johnstown as well as a military prison. The structure was fortified with a surrounding palisade and lookout towers at diagonal corners. It was manned by militia companies to protect the Sacandaga from enemy infiltration.

Fort Johnstown served as a base for Col. Marinus Willett and 400 militia on October 25, 1781, when a British raiding party of over 700 Loyalists and Indians withdrew through Johnstown after burning a great swath of the Mohawk Valley.

Willett's men attacked the retreating British in a battle strung along the route of today's Johnson Avenue. An interpretive sign marks the final battle site in a field northeast of Johnson Hall.

HM NumberHM11FX
Placed ByHeritageNY.Gov
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:33am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 551275 N 4761330
Decimal Degrees43.00291667, -74.37088333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 0.175', W 74° 22.253'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 0' 10.50" N, 74° 22' 15.18" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 116 S Perry St, Johnstown NY 12095, US
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