MOHAWK — The Mohawk Valley Colonial Dames XVII Century Chapter visited several historical places this year and heard from several historical speakers.
The group’s first meeting was at Seymour’s Diner in Westmoreland, where the group welcomed Suzanne Greenhagen. She showed several slides of various old, large monuments in the Gettysburg cemetery pertaining to the Civil War time period.
In May, the group traveled to the Fort Plain Museum, the site of a revolutionary fort and frontier post. This area overlooks the waters of the Mohawk River and the Greek Revival home of the Lipe family. The home contained exhibits spanning the history of the valley from pre-Revolutionary War native artifacts to memorabilia from the Erie Canal expensive period. They are currently renovating the fort area.
In September, the group went to Camillus to visit the Erie Canal Park, where they learned about the restored 1842 Nine Mile Creek aqueduct. A narrated boat tour was provided to the restored aqueduct. There is a store and museum at the site with a display of the early tools that were used and a history of the Erie Canal.
The final meeting for 2013 took place at Aqua Vino in Utica. The necessary reports were heard. A slide presentation of the General Herkimer home was provided. Speaker Liz Palmer told about her duties as at the Herkimer Home facility.