Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fort Herkimer Church

Since we had seen the Fort Herkimer Church from the boat on our Erie Canal Trip we decided to drive over and get a better look at it.  It was hidden by the trees along the waterfront.  The church was built between 1753 and 1767 and is one of the oldest churches in New York State.  It serves as a reminder of days past, having functioned as both a fortress during the French and Indian War and American Revolution as well as a place of worship for valley settlers.  During the Revolutionary War, the church formed the central defense of Fort Herkimer.  During the war, a swivel gun was mounted atop the church tower and a wall of logs surrounded the church. Our guide said there was a canon behind the altar but I couldn't find any verification of that bit of trivia.

 Are these two vampires?  No date of death and they were born in the 1800's.  There must be a story here!

These warning signs about lyme disease are posted everywhere in New York.  I heard that they have a ton of cases of it around here.  People are always telling us to be careful hiking but we haven't done much of that this year since I had my knee replaced.  When we do though we stay in the middle of the trails and try not to get to close to shrubbery.

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