About Fort Plain

The Village of Fort Plain has long been a center of settlement and commerce due to its strategic geographic location. From the settlements of the Mohawks to the arrival of the Palatine Germans whose hard work made the area into a prosperous farming community in the 1700’s to the establishment of the Fort on the eve of the Revolution. Fort Plain has served as a central strong point in the middle Mohawk Valley. 

The completion

of the Erie Canal in 1825 was largely responsible for the expansion and present day location of the village. Serving as a canal shipping point and the center of the fertile farming region, the village enjoyed prominence as a trading and commercial headquarters. The Erie Canal was replaced by the present New York State Barge Canal System in 1918; Lock 15 is located in Fort Plain and still makes use of the original generator built by General Electric. 

At present, the village continues to enjoy the same strategic geographic advantage with the canal, New York State Thruway, and the Canalway Trail affording easy access to its rich history. 

On the site of the original Fort Plain, the Fort Plain Museum offers exhibits spanning the history of the Mohawk Valley with particular emphasis on the Revolutionary period. 

Dating from 1786, the Isaac Paris House, now the DAR Chapter House, showcases various historical collections in rooms furnished in period manners. 

The Fort Plain Free Library, across from Haslett Park, offers a sampling of genealogies, local history texts, and brochures highlighting area attractions and accommodations in its Visitor’s Center. 

The Canalway Trail, parallels the Mohawk River and the present Barge Canal and offers the traveler a lovely journey through some of the most beautiful landscape in the Northeast. Whether you come seeking a glimpse into the past or a relaxing few days in the present, Fort Plain remains at the center of it all.

              Article reprinted from the Village of Fort Plain web site.

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