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Category: Central NY

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Cherry Valley Gorge and Judds Falls

Cherry Valley Gorge and Judds Falls

In 1778, a tortuous massacre at Cherry Valley put the tiny settlement on the map. Slain at the hands of Tories, British, and Mohawk Indian allies, the American vowed revenge. Visiting Cherry Valley today, you’d never know the place was the hotbed of patriotic passions. We strolled the town and visited the lovely Judds Falls. What a gorge!

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New York's Mohawk Valley

New York’s Mohawk Valley

The Mohawk Valley used to be called the Gateway to the West because it was the only navigable route to the western frontier of the United States, until the railroads were built in the late 1800s. It’s a lowland of fertile hills and abundant waters, and political turmoil. But it’s a beautiful place.

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The Fish Hatchery in Van Hornesville, NY

The Fish Hatchery in Van Hornesville, NY

This little fish hatchery in the “boonies” of Herkimer County is the genesis for most of the meaty trout New Yorkers catch at the ends of their fishing poles. We got to see fish, great and small, and had a tall tale told us by the Fish Man.

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Hamilton College Library

Hamilton College Library

Hamilton College has a lovely library on campus. My daughter, a budding historian, loves to visit it. We are blessed to be able to use the library free of charge, as we live in the county.

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