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Fonda in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Caughnawaga

and St. Peter Chapel

 
 
Caughnawaga Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
1. Caughnawaga Monument Marker
Inscription.  
Within this area stood
Caughnawaga
the Mohawk Indian village
and
St. Peter Chapel
in which
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
"The Lily of The Mohawks"
was baptized
Easter Sunday April 18, 1678

This memorial was erected by the
Conventual Franciscans and dedicated by
Bishop Edmund F. Gibbons on Sept. 11, 1938

This plaque was presented in memory of
Beatrice S. Applegate
by The Applegate Family of Ilion, N.Y.


 
Erected 1938 by The Applegate Family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1678.
 
Location. 42° 57.25′ N, 74° 23.583′ W. Marker is in Fonda, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Hickory Hill Road (County Road 33) 0.4 miles west of State Highway 5, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2430 Hickory Hill Road, Fonda NY 12068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caughnawaga Castle Site (a few steps from this marker);
The Caughnawaga Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
2. The Caughnawaga Monument
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a different marker also named Caughnawaga (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Pole (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kateri's Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Liberty Pole (approx. 0.3 miles away); Veeder Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peggy Wemple Tavern and Mill (approx. half a mile away); Wemple Tavern (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fonda.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Kateri Tekakwitha. Excerpt:
Born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, on the south side of the Mohawk River in present-day New York State, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic; her family died and her face was scarred. She converted to Catholicism at age nineteen, when she was baptized and given the Christian name Kateri in honor of Catherine of Siena. Refusing to marry, she left her village and moved for the remaining five years of her life to the Jesuit mission village of Kahnawake, south of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River in New France, now Canada.

Kateri Tekakwitha took a vow of perpetual virginity. Upon her death at the age of 24, witnesses said that her scars vanished minutes later, and her face
Statue of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha image. Click for full size.
By Dieter Kaupp via Wikimedia Commons (CC ) 4.0, July 5, 2013
3. Statue of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM
appeared radiant and beautiful. Known for her virtue of chastity and mortification of the flesh, as well as being shunned by some of her tribe for her religious conversion to Catholicism, she is the fourth Native American to be venerated in the Catholic Church and the first to be canonized, in 2012.
(Submitted on April 17, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
Rev. Thomas Grassmann image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
4. Rev. Thomas Grassmann
“Conventual Franciscan priest, historian and archeologist. Born Dec. 18. 1890. Founder of Catherine Tekakwitha Memorial Shrine and the Mohawk-Caughawaga Museum. Discoverer of the Mohawk American Indian Village of Caughnawaga on this site. Author of The Mohawk Indians and Their Valley.” This marker placed near the shrine.
Rev. Manus McGettigan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
5. Rev. Manus McGettigan
“Born Feb. 12, 1913. Conventual Franciscan priest, historia, teacher & missionary. Major in U.S. Army Reserve. Died Oct 12, 1971 as 1st successor to Father T. Grassmann.” This marker found nearby.
In Loving Memory image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
6. In Loving Memory
“In loving memory of the Mohawks and other Iroquois Indians buried on this site. Memorial by the Franciscan Friars, the Keepers of the Circle, and Mohawks of the longhouse tradition.”
Rev. Luke Ziegler, M.A. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By TeamOHE, June 1, 2019
7. Rev. Luke Ziegler, M.A.
“Born Dec. 26, 1910. Conventual Franciscan priest, missionary & teacher of English. Major, U.S. Army. Died Oct. 11, 1971. As pastor of Sacred Heart Church of Tribes Hill, New York.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 39 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week April 18, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 12, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio.   3. submitted on April 17, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 12, 2020, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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May. 20, 2022