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Colonial Sites

In spite of the destructive raids of the 1780s, many colonial period homes and churches survived to present day and can be seen dotting the countryside throughout the Mohawk Valley. Often frontier homes were fortified with trench works, pickets and blockhouses, turning them into defensive military centers. A number of homes are preserved and cared for by local historical societies and museum associations.

Most of these organizations open their sites to the public, offering guided tours and a glimpse of life in Colonial America. Family-oriented special events are frequently offered at many of these historic sites – a listing of which may be found on our Events Calendar.

 

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
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Colonial Cemetery

Colonial Cemetery

Cemetery

The cemetery of some of Johnstown's most notable people from colonial times.

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Jct. of W. Green and N. Market Sts., Johnstown, NY
CountyFulton County
Open Year Round
Drumm House

Drumm House

Historic Site

This is one of the oldest buildings still standing today. The Drumm House was built in 1763 by Sir William Johnson for his first school teacher, Edward Wall. Sir William opened the first public school...

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West Green Street, Johnstown, NY
CountyFulton County
(518) 736-4011
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Fort Herkimer Church

Fort Herkimer Church

Historic Site, Church

Built between 1753 and 1767, Fort Herkimer Church is one of the oldest churches in New York State and the oldest building in Herkimer County. It serves as a reminder of days past, having functioned a...

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575 State Route 5S, Mohawk, NY
CountyHerkimer County
(607) 547-8490
Seasonal Operation
Fort Klock Historic Restoration

Fort Klock Historic Restoration

Historic Site

Fort Klock, a fortified stone homestead in the Mohawk River Valley of New York State, was built c.1750 by Johannes Klock. On October 19, 1780, the Battle of Klock's Field was fought just to west-north...

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7214 State Route 5, St. Johnsville, NY
CountyMontgomery County
(518) 568-7779
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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
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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
Fulton County Courthouse

Fulton County Courthouse

Historic Site

Originally known as Tryon County Courthouse, the Fulton County Courthouse is a historic building located in Johnstown. It was built in 1772–1773 and is a Late Georgian style public building. Sir Willi...

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North William Street, Johnstown, NY
CountyFulton County
(518) 736-5667
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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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Indian Castle Church (Mohawk Upper Castle Historic District)

Indian Castle Church (Mohawk Upper Castle Historic District)

Historic Site, Church

Indian Castle Church is a historic mission church near present-day Danube. To the rear of the church is a burial ground containing the remains of both Mohawks and Europeans. It was erected in 1769 ...

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Route 5s, Danube, NY
CountyHerkimer County
(315) 823-2099
Open Year Round