Near Fort Plain in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Palatine Evangelical Lutheran Church
Revolutionary War Heritage Trail
In October 1780 British Loyalist John Johnson led 875 troops in a devastating raid across the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys. They burned all the farms along this road. Legend has it that the Indians were ready to set the church on fire as well, but a British officer stopped them. He had promised his good friend, Henry Nellis, to protect the church.
Hendrick W.(Henry) Nellis donated the land for this church. He and his son Robert remained loyal to the British government and fled to Canada. Henry served in the British army throughout the Revolution. His church may have been spared, but he never returned to the Mohawk Valley. He settled in Canada with many other Loyalists from this area.
The Nellis family experience was typical of the Mohawk
When the church was restored for its centennial in 1870, workmen found a rare thirteen star American flag in the building, now on display.
Erected by Heritage New York.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1780.
Location. 42° 58.154′ N, 74° 37.709′ W. Marker is near Fort Plain, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Mill Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Plain NY 13339, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Army Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Wagner (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Klock (approx. 1½ miles away); Klock Fort (approx. 1½ miles away); Sand Hill (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sand Hill School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Clinton March (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Plain (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Plain.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.