Tour of Revolutionary War sites in the Mohawk Valley

JOHNSTOWN — “Forts and Fights: The Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley” tour will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21, starting in the parking lot of the Microtel Inn and Suites, 136 N. Comrie Ave.

Area historians and Bruce M. Venter, president of America’s History, will lead the tour. Venter is the author of “The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America.”

America’s History LLC will partner with Fort Ticonderoga by offering a one-day Revolutionary War tour before Fort Ticonderoga’s American Revolution seminar. The tour will explore sites in the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War, sites that are less frequently visited or on private property.

It will stop at Fort Johnson for an overview of Sir John Johnson’s exploits as an important Loyalist leader in the Mohawk Valley. Participants will also see Guy Park, home of Col. Guy Johnson, superintendent of Indian affairs during the Revolution and hear about efforts to reopen it as a historic site. Next, the tour will visit the Fort Plain Museum to understand how the patriots used forts and fortified homes to defend the valley.

After lunch, participants will walk the Stone Arabia battlefield where Col. John Brown gave his life during Johnson’s Burning of the Valleys campaign in 1780. The tour will flow Johnson’s retreat to Klock’s Field where the British forces were forced across the Mohawk and eventually back to Canada. The group will return to its departure location by 4 p.m. to allow participation in Fort Ticonderoga’s Friday evening program.

America’s History LLC has arranged for a block of rooms at the Microtel at a rate of $87.20 (single or double occupancy plus tax) for Sept. 20. Call the Microtel at (518) 762-5425 to reserve a room, if necessary.

The tour registration fee will be $100 and include motor coach transportation, lunch, snack and beverage breaks, all admissions and gratuities, a map and materials package, and the services of tour leaders selected for their knowledge and expertise.

By Josh Bovee

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