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Fort Herkimer Church
557 Route 5S
Mohawk, NY 13350
“Fort Herkimer Church is nestled on the bank of the Mohawk River on Route 5S, east of Mohawk, NY and south of Herkimer, NY in the town of German Flatts. Built between 1753 and 1767, Fort Herkimer Church is one of the oldest churches in New York State and the oldest building in Herkimer County. 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. Today, the church is used for various religious, patriotic, and family services.” (petereramo.com/FHC/about.html)
Fort Herkimer Church was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on July 24, 1972. The church is currently owned by the Montgomery Classis of the Reformed Church in America.
The best way to see the church is to attend an event held there. Most notably are the Thanksgiving Day non-denominational worship service at 10:00 a.m. or the July 4 Independence Day service sponsored by the General Herkimer Home Historic site.
Visitors can also view the church and get a taste for life long ago by attending the “Living History Weekend.”. The event, held annually during the last full weekend of September, includes historical re-enactments, live entertainment, food, and more. In addition, the church is used by all members of the community for various religious, patriotic, and family services, including:
• Baccalaureate celebrations
• Tours (e.g., for local schools and other groups)
For more information about how the church can be used today as well as other events open to the public, contact Don Fenner, Fort Herkimer Church Board of Commissioners President, at (607) 547-8490.
For a detailed and extensive history of the Fort Herkimer Church, please visit fortherkimerchurch.org