Welcome to Fort Plain, NY
Fort Plain is located in Montgomery County, New York, and was built around the Otsquago Creek that enters the Mohawk River and Erie Canal from the southwest. The area around the Otsquago Creek was first settled by the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, Mohawk “people of the flint. The Kanienʼkehá꞉ka are a member of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. Villages in the area began being populated through the 17th and 18th centuries. During the Revolutionary War it was the site of a military post.
Creative Resiliency in Fort Plain
The Village of Fort Plain, NY
The village of Fort Plain was established where the original Revolutionary War fort was built in 1776. During this time, there was fighting throughout the Mohawk Valley. This forced local women to defend themselves and the fort, dressed as men.
Historic Fort Plain
Casper Lipe settled the fort’s property around 1730 constructing a stone house overlooking a stream in the Palatine German tradition. On the high-plateau hilltop above these homes is the site of Revolutionary War Fort Plain, the northwest exterior blockhouse and the entire fortified hilltop complex. Evidence suggests a fort was originally constructed on the southeast corner of the hilltop during the first French & Indian War around 1740. It protected the local settlers as well as the Mohawk Indian Castle of “Canajohari” located on the adjacent Sand Hill.
The village has a number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some include the Fort Plain Conservation Area, Fort Plain Historic District, and United States Post Office.