Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will reopen its Visitor Center for the rest of the season on Wednesday.
In response to the pandemic, and after months of online programming, the location has issued guidelines for visitors hoping to experience what the Erie Canal landmark has to offer.
The guidelines include changes to guided tours, which will be $2 and only available through reservations, limited to ten people. The “Pathway to Empire” exhibit is also now available by reservation only. Masks are required inside buildings or when visitors “can’t keep” social distance and staff will provide access to buildings.
The new guidelines and reopening plan are the result of a “coordinated effort” between the historic site’s office and NYS Parks, “relying on guidance from the Governor’s office,” according to David Brooks of the historic site.
“Providing a welcoming and safe visitor experience to Schoharie Crossing is important to the community as a place to gain greater understanding of our collective history as New Yorkers and Americans,” Brooks wrote in an email. “This can also be a respite from other stresses in our world today.”
Brooks said, despite recent virtual events, he thinks it’s important to offer the in-person experience to the community.
“We have been conducting a lot of programs online since March, but having people back inside the Pathway to Empire exhibit, asking questions, discovering the history of the Erie Canal is invigorating,” Brooks said. “Truly connecting with people over historical topics related to the canal that range from economics and engineering to personal stories of the builders and how it transformed the nation during the early American Republic is something we enjoy and take seriously.”
Exhibit reservations are only available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. The site’s grounds will be open daily from sunrise to sunset.