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2010 Mohawk Valley trip: Sir Johnson Manor House: in memory of Doris Ferguson UE.

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Edward and Elizabeth Kipp and George and Janet Anderson are conducting another Mohawk Valley Bus Trip from 26 to 29 September 2010 for the Manor House Committee of the Sir John Johnson National Historic Site of Williamstown, Ontario. This Committee helps to preserve the Loyalist Manor House built by Sir John Johnson, commander of the King's Royal Regiment of New York. The trip will be in memory of Doris Ferguson UE who was a pillar of the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee and of the St. Lawrence Branch.

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The tour will begin at the Manor House in Williamstown and travel east to Montreal to visit St. Stephen's Church, Chambly and the Sir John Johnson Vault on Mont-Saint Gregoire. St. Stephen's Church has the original bell which Sir John Johnson donated in 1822. The Sir John Johnson Branch is restoring the vault where Sir Johnson Doris Ferguson is buried.

The Mohawk Valley visits will tentatively be:

* St. George's Church and the Vale Cemetery in Schenectady;

* Fort Johnson, Guy Park Manor; the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie;

* Trinity Lutheran Church and the Dutch Reformed Church at Stone Arabia;

* Johnson Hall, the Fulton County Courthouse and other historic sites in historic Johnstown;

* Fort Klock, the Indian Castle Church, the Herkimer Home, the Oriskany Battlefield and Fort Stanwix.

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Sir William Johnson, the father of Sir John Johnson, founded St. George's Church. You will be able to see where the pew of Sir William Johnson was once situated. You will then be able to view the grave of Clarissa Putman in the Vale Cemetery. A visit will be made to Guy Park Manor, the home of Guy Johnson, a nephew of Sir William Johnson. The next stop will be Fort Johnson, Sir William Johnson's second home. The trip will pause at Butlersbury, the home of Loyalist Colonel John Butler, the commander of Butler's Rangers.

Queen Ann Parsonage was the home of the Loyalist Reverend John Stuart UE.

We will then visit Johnson Hall which was the home of Sir William Johnson and Molly Brant. Afterwards we will pass by Queen Ann Parsonage and the Clarissa Putnam Home. Queen Ann Parsonage was the home of the Loyalist Reverend John Stuart UE. Clarissa Putnam lived in the Putnam Home after she and Sir John Johnson went their separate ways. The next visit will be to the Old Stone Fort at Schoharie, the site of one of the battles of Sir John Johnson's Mohawk Valley raids.

The tour will then visit the Fulton County Courthouse and the Johnstown Historic Quadrangle in Johnstown. The Quadrangle contains the grave of Sir William Johnson and several historic sites. The Fulton County Courthouse is where Sir John and his Scottish retainers had to surrender their arms to the rebels in 1776. At Stone Arabia, visits will be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and the Dutch Reformed Church where Palatine Loyalists worshipped. The next stop will be Fort Klock. Some members of the KIock Family were Loyalists. Afterwards the bus will pause at the Fort Klock's Battlefield where Sir John's Yorkers fought the Battle of Fort Klock. The next visit will be the Oriskany Battlefield. This was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution. The final visit will be to Fort Stanwix, which British General Leger failed to take after the Battle of Oriskany.

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This trip is open to Loyalists and the public. Any trip surplus will go to the preservation of the Sir John Johnson National Historic Site. This trip will cost $460.00 per person based on sharing double accommodation (Single $600.00). Free parking is available at the Manor House in Williamstown. This fee will include transportation, hotels and admission to each site. Meals and health insurance are not included.

Participants should have their own health insurance and must have a valid Canadian passport. You can register now by making a $200.00 ($300.00)

non-refundable deposit. The balance of $260.00 ($300.00) will be payable by 01 July 2010. Cheques should be made payable to the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee.

If you are interested, please contact: Wendy and Les Wert, P.O. Box 123, Williamstown, Ontario. K0C 2J0; Phone: 1-613 347-3098; E-mail: les_wert "at" sympatico.ca.
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Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
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Date:Sep 22, 2009
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