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Itineraries

Trails to Roads

The Mohawk River Valley provided the only water route into the interior of the United States via the Oneida Carry and the Great Lakes. The passage was a vital travel and communication route that made expansion of the United States possible with the building of the Erie Canal and the start of the Industrial Revolution. The Mohawk frontier’s paths followed creeks into the Schoharie Valley and along the Otsquago Trail, leading travelers into the Susquehanna River Country and on into the Ohio Territories. These trails eventually became the turnpikes of the 1800’s, lined by roadside taverns and inns as civilization pushed the country westward. By 1825 the Erie Canal made the Mohawk Valley the preeminent transportation route west. Paths became roads to move grains, produce, and timber to the canal for shipping to major markets.

Tour the back roads of Mohawk Country where lush farms, fields and historic inns still reflect the days of a bygone era.

 

1747 Nellis Tavern / Palatine Settlement Society

1747 Nellis Tavern / Palatine Settlement Society

Historic Site

Nellis Tavern is an historic inn and tavern built about 1750 as a farmhouse and expanded around 1790 to its present form. After the American Civil War, the tavern business declined and the building be...

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7355 State Route 5, St. Johnsville, NY
CountyMontgomery County
(315) 866-2619
Seasonal Operation
Cherry Valley Museum

Cherry Valley Museum

Museum

Exhibits at the 1815 Federal House range from 1778 Cherry Valley massacre and siege of Fort Alden to the late 20th century. Collections include 1830s memorabilia, antique fire engines and a diorama of...

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49 Main Street, Cherry Valley, NY
CountyOtsego County
(607) 264-3303
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Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park

Fort Plain Museum & Historical Park

Museum, Historic Site

The Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park marks the site of Fort Plain/Rensselaer, a Revolutionary War fortress built in 1779 to protect local residents from Valley raids and evacuees from Cherry Vall...

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389 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY
CountyMontgomery County
(518) 993-2527
Seasonal Operation
Fort Stanwix National Monument

Fort Stanwix National Monument

National Landmark

For thousands of years the ancient trail that connects the Mohawk River and Wood Creek served as a vital link for people traveling between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Ontario. Travelers used this well...

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100 N. James Street, Rome, NY
CountyOneida County
(315) 338-7730
Open Year Round
Herkimer Home State Historic Site

Herkimer Home State Historic Site

Historic Site

This Georgian-style mansion was the home to Revolutionary War hero, General Nicholas Herkimer. Herkimer completed construction of the mansion about 1764 and died here following a leg injury he sustain...

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200 State Route 169, Little Falls, NY
CountyHerkimer County
(315) 823-0398
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Oneida County Historical Society
1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY
CountyOneida County
(315) 735-3642
Open Year Round
Schoharie Crossing (Fort Hunter)

Schoharie Crossing (Fort Hunter)

Historic Site

In addition to being an excellent place to see the 19th century Erie Canal, Schoharie Crossing is also the site of 18th c Fort Hunter. The Fort was built following a request for Anglican missionarie...

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129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter, NY
CountyMontgomery County
(518) 829-7516
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