Explore seven rural waterfront communities along the Erie Canal
The rural Mohawk Valley Villages in Upstate New York retain much of the character of early ‘Erie Canal Towns’.
Significant collections of canal related structures still line the original downtown streetscapes.
Commercial centers, local parks, large Victorian residences, churches and other distinguished structures make up the lasting fabric of these small communities.
Having developed in the path of the Old Erie Canal, the rural communities along the scenic Mohawk River share an economic and social history.
They remain a unique group of communities in Montgomery County, nationally designated historic places and a distinctive part of New York State History.
Montgomery County, New York
The Villages are connected and accessible by the Erie Canal/Mohawk River, Canalway Bikepath, Route 5, Route 5S, and the NYS Thruway, Exit 29. Easily traveled by car, bicycle, foot, or river, the Mohawk Valley Villages offer art, history, recreation, good eating, shopping and local hospitality. Begin your adventure at MVV visitor center in Diefendorf Hall, 47 Main Street, Fort Plain, 13339.