Owned and operated by the Town of Clifton Park, New York since 1999.
Restored through the assistance of Community volunteers, Town staff, & New York State grants.
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History of Historic Grooms Tavern
Upcoming Programs and Events:
- Archaeology at the Historic Grooms Tavern will take place two consecutive weekends this summer by the Aurgener-Seelye Chapter of amateur archaeologists under the leadership of Dave Moyer of Birchwood Archaeologist Services. The public is invited to stop by and witness the excavation in progress and learn about archaeological procedures and the history of the tavern and blacksmith shop. TIME and DATE TBD
Saturday, August 19 at 10 AM: Join Clifton Park Town Historian for a guided walk through the Vischer Ferry Historic District ending at the Amity Church Cemetery where Chris Nafis will describe how he restored the cemetery using ground penetrating equipment and drones to map it and early records to determine the families and their genealogies of those buried there. The tour will begin and end at the end of Ferry Drive by the Mohawk River. Walking distance is about one and one half miles total. Lunch at the Vischer Ferry General Store is an option.
Saturday, September 9 at 10 AM: Join Clifton Park Historian John Scherer for a brief walking tour of the historic hamlet of Jonesville, followed by a tour of the Jonesville Rural Cemetery. Featured on the tour will be the Jonesville Academy, the Jonesville store and the site of the Jonesville Tavern. We will also visit some interesting monuments and early settlers at the cemetery that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet in the parking lot of the Jonesville Methodist Church on Main Street at 10 AM. Walking distance is less than two miles total.
Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM: Learn about Clifton Park’s first farms and early families on a walking tour to the site of Clifton Park’s first settlement at Fort’s Ferry on the Mohawk River. Clifton Park Historian will provide information and early photographs of these first farms, now located within the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve. Meet at the Whipple Bridge at the entrance to the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve. Walking distance is about 2 miles total.
Friday, October 20 at 7 PM: “Remembering the Dearly Departed” will be the subject of a power point presentation presented by Clifton Park Historian John Scherer at the annual meeting of the Friends of Historic Grooms Tavern. Learn about early funeral practices and mourning customs practiced by nineteenth century residents of our town. The presentation will be at the Historic Grooms Tavern and the public is invited.