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Near Mohawk in Herkimer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Herkimer

 
 
Fort Herkimer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 12, 2012
1. Fort Herkimer Marker
Inscription.
Fort Herkimer
Stood 86 rods west of this church.
It served as a place of refuge
for the pioneers
from attacks by the French and Indians,
and during the War of the Revolution,
with this church,
as a place of defense
and a base of military supplies.

 
Erected 1906 by the Astenrogen Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Little Falls, N.Y.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 43° 1.083′ N, 74° 57.246′ W. Marker is near Mohawk, New York, in Herkimer County. Marker is on New York State Route 5S west of Plantation Road (County Route 212A), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. This historic marker is located on the grounds of the Fort Herkimer Church, being affixed to the south outside wall of the church, on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Mohawk NY 13407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Fort Herkimer (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Adam F. Helmer (within shouting distance of this marker); Here Was Born Nicholas Herkimer
Fort Herkimer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 12, 2012
2. Fort Herkimer Marker
View of the historic maker affixed to the south wall of the church, near the southwest corner of the church.
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Herkimer (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Nicolas Herrhheimer (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fred'ck Staring (approx. 1.9 miles away); Early Village Burying Ground (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Thirty-Fourth Regiment (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mohawk.
 
Regarding Fort Herkimer. It was a special treat for me to find the historic marker for Fort Herkimer, because of the role that this fort and this area played in inspiring a movie that I have enjoyed watching for many years, "Drums Along the Mohawk." The movie was directed by John Ford and released in 1939. It was based on a popular novel by the same name which provided an overview of the Revolutionary War era events of this area, including General Herkimer's march to relieve Fort Stanwix, the Battle of Oriskany, and the 1778 attack on the settlement at German Flatts (which would include Fort Herkimer and this church, the last remaining original structure of the old Fort Herkimer).

In fact, it isn't all that hard to stare at the church building
Fort Herkimer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 12, 2012
3. Fort Herkimer Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the southeast corner of the church.
and envision the most dramatic seen of the movie, when the Native Americans had broken through the walls of the fort and the settlers were making their final desperate stand from inside of their fortress like church building.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Herkimer. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 9, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Old Fort Herkimer. This is a link to information provided by the New York State Military Museum. (Submitted on July 9, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Fort Herkimer Church. This is a link to information provided by the Herkimer County Historical Society. (Submitted on July 9, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Fort Herkimer Church. This is a link to information provided by Fort Herkimer Church. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

5. Attack on German Flatts (1778). This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

6. Drums Along the Mohawk (novel). This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

7. Drums Along the Mohawk. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the
Fort Herkimer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 12, 2012
4. Fort Herkimer Marker
View of the historic marker and the south side of the church.
free encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Forts, CastlesWar, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort Herkimer Church image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 12, 2012
5. Fort Herkimer Church
View of the front (west) side of the historic Fort Herkimer Church.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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