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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Indian Castle Church, 1769

[This information is from Vol. I, pp. 637 and 661 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Indian Castle Church

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Photo: Indian Castle Church.

Built by S. W. William Johnson in 1769 as a Mission Church for the Mohawks of the Upper Castle here. This is the sole remaining structure associated with the 18th century Mohawk Indian villages in the valley. The famous Indian missionary, Samuel Kirkland, frequently preached here.

Indian Castle Church

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Photo: Indian Castle Church, 1769.

Built in 1769 by Col. Samuel Clyde for Sir William Johnson, who presented it to the Canajoharies (Mohawks of the Upper or Canajoharie Mohawk Castle) in 1770. The only Colonial Indian mission church standing in New York State and the only surviving Colonial building of any of the Mohawk or Iroquois Castles. It stands on the south shore highway, but is seen from Central Railroad and Mohawk Turnpike. Photo by H. V. Bush, Canajoharie.

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