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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Site Of Fort Plain, 1776-1783

[This information is from Vol. I, p. 785 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Site Of Fort Plain, 1776-1783

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Photo: Site of Fort Plain, 1776-1783.

Fort Plain was built on the summit of this hill in 1776. Its name was changed to Fort Rensselaer in 1780 and it was officially so called until 1786. Markers locate the fort and blockhouse, which stood near the clump of trees on the hill over the right-hand house. The Otsquago had its outlet into the Mohawk from this point. The corn stalks are standing in the bed of the "wide waters" of the old Erie canal.

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