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Fort Klock was the frontier home of Johannes Klock. The homestead was built in 1750, as a fortified house and home to the Klock Family.
The site was well chosen by Johannes Klock for the advantages of fur trading and for defense. A spring in the cellar provided fresh water. A sheltered cove provided safe anchorage for the trading bateau that plied the river. The walls of native limestone are over two foot thick. Through the walls of Fort Klock we can find loopholes (gun ports), tangible evidence of what life on the American frontier in the Mohawk Valley was really like. Behind these stout walls the struggles for life, liberty and freedom helped shape a new nation. The very concept of self government was unknown to the people of the world at that time.
One of the most interesting and important historical events in the vicinity of Fort Klockwere the battles of Stone Arabia and Klock's Field fought on October 19, 1780. The battles terminated Johnson's great raid on the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys. The battle of Klock's Field seems to have taken place about a mile west of Fort Klock. The historian Jeptha R. Simms did record that on the day of the battle the widow of Peter Hanner was struck in the head by a nearly spent musket ball while standing near the southeast window of the fort. The ball, having lost most of the momentum, did not do the woman great harm. On the same day, John Leonhardt (Krauss) Crouse, shot and killed a British soldier from behind the walls of the fort and went out from the fort to take the soldier's horse and baggage. John Crouse had married Magdalena, the daughter of Johannes Klock.
The battles of Stone Arabia and Klock's Field were battles fought in the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War, but the sparks struck by the flintlock muskets lit the fires of freedom in patriot hearts and minds throughout the Mohawk Valley. Those sparks have, in no small measure, inspired America in her never ceasing struggle to preserve that freedom.
Our love of freedom, our respect for the rights and privileges of the common man, our belief in equal opportunity for every citizen, stems from those unconquerable pioneer forebearers, many of whom took refuge behind the solid stone walls of Fort Klock and leveled their flintlocks through the loopholes in the name of freedom.
Fort Klock stands today as a reminder to all who visit of this fight for freedom and independence. Visit the fort and touch the walls, look through the loopholes and listen to the stories of the site interpreters and learn about what life was like in the Mohawk Valley for our ancestors. It is our job at Fort Klock to provide educational services and to accurately interpret this wonderful site.
Board President:.............Robert Metzger
Willis 'Skip' Barshied John Case
Lisa Emden Linda Faduski
Joan Kark-Wren Jack Lull
William Murray John Oskinski
Fort Klock is located in one of New York State's premier historic areas. Easily accessible from New York Route 5 and 5S or New York State Thruway at exit 29 in Canajoharie, New York. From Exit 29 NYS Thruway, cross the Mohawk River to Route 5, proceed west for 9 miles. Fort Klock is located 2 miles east of St. Johnsville on Route 5.
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