McCaster to give presentation Tuesday

FORT HUNTER — Terry McMaster will present “Scots-Irish Immigration Patterns, the Old New York Frontier and the Cherry Valley Massacre” on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing visitor center, 129 Schoharie St.

McMaster has conducted research that centers on the settlement of the western frontier of Colonial New York beginning about 1740 by Scots-Irish settlers and examines the development of that and other communities in the upper Susquehanna River watershed.

Looking at the immigration of these “northern dissenters” who left the Province of Ulster in the north of Ireland for religious and economic liberty in America, the talk describes their settlement patterns as they left New England and migrated into the eastern Mohawk Valley, into an area west of Schenectady that would become a hotbed of rebellion.

Refreshments will be provided. The talk is free, but donations are appreciated.

By Josh Bovee

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