The Mohawk Valley has been part of American history since the first settlers came to the “New World”. Arable land and the Mohawk River made this an ideal place for families and people who wanted to build a life – whether by farming or in the many industries established in the growing towns and villages along the river. The Arkell Museum in the village is a wealth of information about Canajoharie and the Mohawk Valley. It also has a wonderful collection of American Art and is well worth a visit.
The name, Canajoharie (Ca-na-jo-ha-rie), is a Mohawk word translated as ‘The pot that washes itself’. ‘Pot’ refers to the kettle shaped hole worn into the rock by the falls at Canajoharie Creek. You can see the 'pot' and much more at Wintergreen Park. You can also take a pleasant walk through the village of Canajoharie and see many homes and buildings dating back to the 19th century. You will also get a look at one of our local landmarks - the dummy light. A dummy light is a traffic light that stands on a pedestal in the middle of an intersection and Canajoharie has one of the very few that are still being used in the country. The construction of the Erie Canal was an important event in the history of New York State and part of it runs along the village boundary; Lock 14 is just west of Riverfront Park.
Outside of Canajoharie, there are many historic sites within an easy drive of The Pineapple House Bed & Breakfast.
- Johnson Hall and Old Fort Johnson are homes of Sir William Johnson, restored as museums. Sir William came to the Mohawk Valley as a young man in 1737 and built his home in Johnstown, NY in 1763. "Vistors are encouraged to walk the grounds and gardens and imagine themselves back in a time when Johnson Hall bustled with activity as Sir William's home and business headquarters. House tours are offered." (from the website)
- Fort Klock Restoration Site: The site includes 30 acres of reconstructed farm structures including a working blacksmith’s shop, a Dutch barn and an early 19th century schoolhouse.
- Herkimer Home State Historic Site: Built in 1764, this Georgian-style mansion was the home of the Revolutionary War hero, General Nicholas Herkimer. The site features period furnishings, a Visitor’s Center with interpretive exhibits and audio-visual programs and beautiful grounds.
- Hyde Hall State Historic Site: Hyde Hall, built by George Clarke (1768-1835) to resemble a grand English estate, sits on the shores of the beautiful Otsego Lake. Visitors can explore its nearly 50 rooms and picnic on the lawn overlooking the lake.
- Fort Plain/Fort Rennselaer: Fort Plain Museum Historical Park offers displays of Mohawk Valley from prehistoric Native American times through the 1820-1850 Erie Canal period.
- Schoharie Crossing State Historic Park: This site traces the history of the Erie Canal and its importance to New York State. Included on the grounds are 2 miles of the original Canal, several guard locks, remains of the Schoharie Creek Aqueduct and a Visitor's/Education center.
- Saratoga National Park: This is part of the National Park Service and is actually 3 sites: The Battlefield – through which you can take a self-directed tour of the 1777 Battle of Saratoga - (stop at the Visitor's Center for maps and orientation); Schuyler House - restored country home of American General Philip Schuyler; and Saratoga Monument – a 155-ft obelisk commemorating the American victory at Saratoga.
- Visit Montgomery County & Fulton County Tourism websites for more information about the history and attractions in this part of Upstate New York.
As you visit these historic sites, don't miss the cities, towns and villages where they are located. And as you drive along the gently rolling hillsides, you'll be passing wonderful vistas of rolling hills and valleys and our farms and forests. Enjoy!
There are over 100 miles of funded New York State Snowmobile Trails and many more miles of unfunded trails nearby. These trails are maintained and groomed annually from December 17 through March 20 (weather permitting) by local snowmobile Clubs. Most of these trails are in excess of 8 feet wide and all are marked and well maintained.