Welcome to Mohawk Valley A Place to Know!

Now that you’re here , let us show you around a little, because this 130 mile river valley offers something for everybody and is a treasure trove of ancient beauty, cultural aspirations, historic time travel , great restaurants and shops, along with plenty attractions kids won’t complain about being bored at all.

Making American History

People and events in the Mohawk Valley have shaped the history of America. This is the homeland of the Mohawk and Oneida Nations of Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy. They first controlled this strategic gateway to the west, putting them at the center of European battles to control the North American continent.

Pivotal battles of the American Revolution for Independence were fought at both ends of the valley; in the successful defense of Fort Stanwix, the bloody massacre at Oriskany and British GeneralBlurgoyne’s surrender in the Battles of Saratoga. The revolution in this region was also a civil war that devastated the valley as families and communities divided over political loyalties.

The Erie Canal was first completed in Mohawk Valley. It pushed the American nation westward, spreading the Industrial Revolution along its route. Immigrants and ideas easily flowed back and forthamong the communities and states that it connected, nourishing many of America’s technological innovations and social movements.

The Shape of the Valley

The Mohawk River follows an ancient pathway connecting two prehistoric lakes; this valley once drainedthe entire Great Lakes region. The western countries, Oneida and Herkimer, form the edge of the glacial lake Iroquois that then covered all of western New York. In Fulton and Montgomery counties, the river valley runs between parallel edges of rock rising to the Adirondacks in the north and up to Schoharie County into Catskills to the south. Further east the river flows through the broad valley created by glacial lake Albany – today Schenectady, Saratoga and Albany counties – and into the Hudson River.

geography has shaped the history of New York State. As the only water level route through the Appalachian Mountain chain, our natural transportation corridor was the key to the continent. Native American paths through the center of the Mohawk Valley were used for the Erie Canal, the New York Central Railroad and the earliest highways. The New York State Thruway (I-90) brings millions of cars through the region today, parallel to the river that now contains the State Barge Canal.

The evolution of this natural passageway has created an undulating river flanked by non-alluvial flats that flows by underground limestone caves, natural diamonds, rock potholes, waterfalls and craggy islands.

Revolutions on the Frontier – Nations at War

In the expanding ”New World” of Europeans, the Mohawk Valley was a frontier of great political, military, and economic importance. Decades of European settlement and trade with Iroquois set the stage for commercial and military competition between European nations leading to many early eighteenth century wars, the French and Indian Wars and eventually American Revolution. The valley was the scene of Revolutionary War Battles and an ongoing “doorstep” war between Loyalists and Patriots. At Oriskany, it also witnessed the breaking of Iroquois Confederacy when the Oneidas allied themselves with the Americans in their battle for independence.


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