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Fort Plain Museum marks 1780 raid

The Fort Plain Museum, at 389 Canal St., Fort Plain, will commemorate the 1780 raid on Canajoharie  on Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.
The event honors the patriots who gave their lives defending the region and especially the women who defended the fort on that fateful day. Women of all ages will receive free admission to the Fort Plain Museum and a 10 percent discount at the museum gift shop and book store. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will include a roll call of names of those who lost their lives on that day, a wreath laying at the museum’s flagpole dedication monument, a musket salute by the 1st Regiment Tryon County Militia and a speech from Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort.
After the commemoration, Wayne Lenig, a member of the Fort Plain Museum Board of Trustees, will give a presentation about the 1780 raid at 7 p.m.
The museum will provide light refreshments and free tours will be available. This also is a great opportunity to see the new exhibits, view the site of the fort, and shop at our well stocked gift shop (books, 18th toys, and much more).
Research has shown the Mohawk Valley attacks of 1780 were part of a British strategy to depopulate the area so the lands could be retained after the war and make the Mohawk the new border between the United States and Canada but the strategy failed largely due to the tenacity of Mohawk Valley patriots who refused to give up. On Aug. 2, 1780, while the Tryon County Militia was on their way to Fort Stanwix, the Canajohary District was attacked by Loyalist Joseph Brant and his Indian allies. As women and children sought protection at the fort, the women donned men’s clothing to give the appearance that the fort was well defended. Their actions saved the fort and the lives of many local residents.

For information, email fortplainmuseum@yahoo.com or call 518-774-5669.

Gloria Mazure

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