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Van Alstyne House, Canajoharie, NY

Van Alstyne House

This home is one of the first built in this area. It was probably constructed between 1720 and 1740. During the Revolutionary War, it was one of several local homes fortified against British attacks in the Mohawk Valley. George Washington may have visited here during his tour through the Mohawk Valley after the Revolution. Abandoned in the 1800s, interest in the early history of this country saved the home from destruction in the 1880s. A local art teacher, Rufus Grider, established the home as a local museum at that time. Later, it became a social club and community organization.

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