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A stop at a farm, nursery, florist or orchard adds to the enjoyment of a drive along the Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways

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Town of Mohawk

Adirondack Trail, in Montgomery County

The Village of Fonda is in the Town of Mohawk along the Mohawk River and the Erie Canal.

This region was the homeland of the Mohawk peopleof the Iroquois Confederacy. Here they fished,farmed, hunted, and traded, and river that bears their name gave them easy access to other Iroquois nations to the west, and later, withEuropean trading posts to the east.

In the mid 1700s, the region was known as the “Breadbasket” of the American Revolution, attributed to George Washington.

In 1825, the Erie Canal followed the the Mohawk River through its gap in the Appalachians at “The Noses,” a spectacular geologic formation. This engineering marvel enabled people and ideas to move between America’seast and Midwest, changing the course of U.S. history.

In Montgomery County's museums' valuablecollections of natural and cultural history you can explore Montgomery County's rich history that spanshundreds of years from Native American culture through the French andIndian and Revolutionary Wars to the Industrial Revolution and the riseof the Erie Canal.

Over half the engagements of the Revolutionary War occurred in New York State. There are a number of sites in the Mohawk Valley. The Old Court House in Fonda, built in 1836, is of Greek Revival architecture constructed in true Ionic style. It now houses the County Department of History and Archives, the third largest history and genealogical collection in the state.

Within a few minutes drive, you can visit two world famous shrines: the Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville, and the shrine of the Indian maiden, the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, near Fonda.




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