The Altamont Fairgrounds features a variety of historical museums including the Circus Museum, a Blacksmith Shop, one room School House and more. Entrance to the museums are FREE with fair admission.
Antique Farm Machinery
Do you know where your food really comes from? Visit the Farm Machinery Museum to find out! Learn about the many talents and skills required to be a successful farmer in early America. See the evolution of equipment that was developed, improved, and used from the 1800's to the early 1900's. This museum also features one of the largest collections of "hit and miss" working engines and a new working windmill!
We have great exhibits for you at this years fair!
Enjoy the Altamont Fair collection of autos! Nine in origininal condition.
Be sure you take a look at our 1917 Vim made in Philadelphia PA by the Vim Motor Truck Co. with it's 22 HP engine, the 1927 Buick or the 1940 Packard. A step back in time!
The auto museum volunteers work throughout the year working on vehicles to restore and refurbish the collection for your enjoyment.
We also have an exhibit of what a shop would look like back in the day.
Check out the collection of NASCAR diecast cars donated by Andrew Ramo.
Also an great collection of vintage toy cars and minature car models from the 1930's and 1940's.
Be sure to stop in to visit!
The blacksmith was the early American handyman. He built the tools for nearly every trade. Visit the "smithy" to learn how he made nails, hinges, sled runners, scythes, wagon wheels, and tools of every kind.
The Chapel was built in 1973 by Delbert Hallenbeck and Sons. It was the idea of Stuart Rombaugh, former secretary-manager and past president of the Altamont Fair, to fill the religious needs of the many traveling people and carnival workers.
The exterior of the chapel was modeled after the Reformed Church of Glenville which burned in 1964. The contractor installed windows which were authentically styled for the time period having six over six panes. The tall narrow windows were custom scaled to fit the size of the building. Almost all of the furnishings in the chapel were donated by individuals and churches of different denominations. In 2001, 84 Lumber Company provided the chapel with a new front door.
Services are held in the Chapel daily at 11 a.m. during fair week. Clergy people from different denominations conduct the services. Inspriational music can be enjoyed.
All are welcome!
Family visits to the circus are a timeless tradition. Step into the circus of the past as you see how circus trains would travel by rail, set up a tent city, and entertain! This museum features photos and lithographs dating back to 1866. Experience the only five-piece circus band (with mechanical musicians) to be found in North America!
Farm House Museum
Was life really better in the "good old days"? How did people manage without running water and electricity? What was there to do for fun? Check out these ever changing exhibits about life on the farm at the turn of the century to find out! Learn what our forefathers found to be important, how they spent their time, and what we have in common.
The One Room Schoolhouse was constructed in the 1850's as KNOX SCHOOL NO #12 – donated by the Van Benschoten family. At one point in history there were 21 such districts in the town of Knox, Albany County. Experience the setting of learning when grades 1 – 8 simultaneously occupied one classroom, where one teacher covered all subjects including health, music, math, reading, spelling and English. Special children activities daily.
Village & Carriage Museum
Step back into the Village of Altamont as it may have looked over 100 years ago! Visit many of the original businesses as you stroll through the cobbler shop, post office, saloon, Western Union station, a print shop and the hardware store. A restored train traffic director booth is also on display. This museum also houses one of upstate New York's largest collections of horse-drawn carriages.
Sherman's Lumberjack Show performs 3 shows daily illustrating axe throwing and dicussing early construction techniques.
Located in the Village & Carriage Museum.
Altamont Fair History Museum
The first Altamont fair in September 1893 was the beginning of a tradition in the commuinty which has withstood the test of time.
The first fair was situated on a 24 acre plot of land which to this day is part of the 128 acre site occupied and owned by the Albany, Schenectaday, Greene Couny Agricultural and Historical Societies, Inc. also known as the Altamont Fair.
The Secretary, Treasurer and Fine Art buildings erected in the late 1890's still survive today while many other buildings have fallen to fires, disrepair and other misfortunes over the last plus 100 years.
The Fair History Museum is home to many proclamations the Altamont Fair has received, an intricate model created by Everett Rau of the Dutch Barn, many antiques used in homes and on farms in the rural area in and around Altamont, glass showcases filled with old pictures of fair buildings and happenings, a milk bottle collection representing many area dairies, plus much more.
The revolving exhibits and themes make this a "must visit" stop during your time at the Altamont Fair.