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Battlefields and Raids

Enemy raids had a profound effect on the people of the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys. British Loyalist Captain Joseph Brant, utilizing as his base the Iroquois Indian village of Onaquaga on the southern border of Otsego County, traveled up the Unadilla, Butternut, Susquehanna and Schoharie Rivers to wage war on the settlements of Tryon County. They had the power to demoralize the population and drive residents from their homes and out of the valleys.  Poor leadership and a lack of resources brought the frontier to the doorstep of Schenectady and threatened to redraw the borders of the new country. A series of major and minor battles, fought mostly by local militias, began to turn the tide on the Mohawk. Ultimately it would take the right leader to martial the valley’s limited resources and force the enemy to rethink their western frontier strategy.

The many stories of our area battles can be found at valley museums, historic sites, and roadside markers throughout the region.

 

 

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
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
Seasonal Operation
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
Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Historic Site

Johnson Hall was the home of Sir William Johnson, British Superintendent of Indian Affairs, and Mohawk Molly Brant. Built in 1763 in the English, Georgian-style, the mansion and dependencies were the...

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139 Hall Avenue, Johnstown, NY
CountyFulton County
(518) 762-8712
(518) 762-2330
Seasonal Operation
Old Stone Fort Museum Complex

Old Stone Fort Museum Complex

Historic Site, Museum

This 1772 church was fortified in 1777 and attacked by the British in 1780. Now a 125-year-old museum, it is filled with amazing artifacts like a fire engine built before George Washington was born! ...

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145 Fort Road, Schoharie, NY
CountySchoharie County
(518) 295-7192
Open Year Round
Oneida County Historical Society
1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY
CountyOneida County
(315) 735-3642
Open Year Round
Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site

Oriskany Battlefield State Historic Site

State Landmark, Historic Site

Considered the significant turning point in the American Revolution, the Battle of Oriskany, fought on August 6, 1777, has been described as one of the bloodiest battles of the War of Independence. ...

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7801 State Route 69, Rome, NY
CountyOneida County
(315) 768-7224
(315) 377-3081
Open This Season
Saratoga National Historical Park/Saratoga Monument
648 Route 32, Stillwater, NY
CountySaratoga County
(518) 664-9821
Open Year Round