Those who are looking for adventures during the summer season can find a wealth of local attractions in Fulton and Montgomery Counties, a region that is filled with rich history and architectural treasures and a perfect place to explore.
Those fascinated with Native American history may want to travel along the Mohawk River and visit sites like the National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine and Mohawk Caughnawaga Indian Museum near Fonda, or the Noteworthy Indian Museum and Walter Elwood Museum in Amsterdam.
Colonial and Revolutionary War-era history buffs may want to check out places like the Johnson Hall State Historic Site in Johnstown and Old Fort Johnson in Montgomery County.
Canal fans will enjoy visiting today's active locks along the Mohawk River, as well as the preserved locks from the Erie Canal. Visitors to the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site near Fort Hunter can see the Erie Canal in its various stages of development and the remains of the Schoharie Aqueduct.
For those interested in the industrial history, or who have an interest in fashion and accessories, Gloversville, Johnstown and the surrounding area were well known for their predominant role in the American glove industry. The Fulton County Museum on Kingsboro Avenue in Gloversville has a display dedicated to the glove industry. The Museum's Glove Room displays the contents of a glove factory.
These are just some of the many interesting sites available in our region. I've updated the booklet Senator Farley's Guide to Historic Sites and Museums to help constituents find wonderful local resources to take advantage of during their summer vacation. The booklet is intended to supplement local tourism efforts and stimulate interest in our area's heritage and local resources.
The booklet covers sites located in the 44th Senate District, which includes Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady and half of Saratoga counties. The guide tries to appeal to a variety of interests. To obtain copies of the free guide, call my offices at 455-2181 (Albany), 843-2188 (Amsterdam), 762-3733 (Johnstown), or toll-free at (800) 224-5201. You can view the booklets online by clicking here.
I encourage people to take advantage of these resources. Please be sure to call ahead for hours and directions, as many places are seasonal and have limited hours.