New York’s Mohawk Valley Region-America’s First Frontier


April 28, 2014
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The path of America’s struggle for Independence was heavily traversed through the beautiful vistas, pasture land, and streams of the Mohawk Valley Region. Nearly 300 battles were fought during the American Revolution, and almost 100 of these contests were fought on New York soil.

At you can explore Central New York’s rich history and customize a trip planner to visit Revolutionary War battlefields, Colonial homesteads, or Native American cultural centers, just a few of the many types of heritage sites that abound in this Region.

Walk in the footsteps of Patriots, Loyalists, and the Iroquois; of Palatine German, Dutch and Highland Scot settlers; and uncover the hardships and glories of these first New Yorkers.

You can select a path through history from the complete list of planned itineraries at or forge your own with a My Path account at

Plan to visit during one of the Region’s annual events in 2014:

  • June 7-8 & 14-15  State Path Through History Weekend, various sites
  • Honor America Days, Fort Stanwix, Rome, NY
  • Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama, Mohawk, NY
  • Old Stone Fort Days, Stone Fort Museum Complex, Schoharie, NY

Details on these and other MVPTH events can also be found at

The Mohawk Valley Path Through History Region is comprised of Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie and Saratoga Counties.

Enjoy Central New York, and explore the great events and heroic people of the Mohawk Valley Region; how they shaped early American history and changed the world.

Visit online to learn more at and


  • I have been a frequent visitor to the Mohawk Valley and can confirm its beauty is enough to attract anyone. However, if you’re interested in history in general and the American Revolution in particular a trip to any destinations or through the Mohawk Valley is well worth the effort. As a kid my folks took my brothers and me to places like Fort. Stanwyx, Fort Plain and Saratoga, among many others. It’s especially beautiful in late spring, summer and early fall when you can understand why colonial farmers took the risk of frontier living. Take the kids.

    1. Agreed. Having grown up and currently living just a short drive out of the valley (in the lower ADK’s) I have spent a great deal of time in the valley and can attest further to its beauty as well as history. The line of forts through the valley to defend the frontier into Schenectady & Albany were essential to the conflict and control of the Mohawk River near as important as the Hudson. Much of my own personal research has been regarding this; the Iroquois and Wm. Johnson in particular.
      NY’s Path Through History is focusing on the Mohawk Valley this year and much of that surrounds its history in the colonial and revolutionary era – however, anyone with an interest in the greater history of not only New York but the nation cannot deny the valley’s integral part in economic viability, population increase and expansion within the early republic.
      I have the honor of currently working for the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at the only site which one can witness all three phases of the Erie Canal. At Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site there remains a portion of the original 1820’s “Clintons Ditch” alongside the Enlarged Canal (phases of improvement) and the canalized Mohawk River (barge canal). I mention this because if you or anyone you know is traveling through the valley on a revolutionary quest (RevWarGasm?) the site is a short drive from Fort Johnson, Johnson Hall or Guy Park and is on the site of what was once Fort Hunter (1712). More information can be found on or the Path Through History sites.
      If you happen to stop in, please say hello.

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