An exploration of the past and present of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys
Exploring a prehistoric Iroquois site
A recent exploration of a prehistoric Iroquois village site near Fort Plain NY is described in my article in the Albany Times Union: "In Search of Sacred Ground."
A few weeks ago, I stood on a densely wooded hilltop and looked down a steep cliff to a creek swollen with spring rains. I was only four miles from the Thruway, but there wasn't even a sign that human beings had been here. Not an arrowhead. Not a beer can. Yet everything I had read convinced me that this ground was home to hundreds of human beings more than a century before Europeans first appeared. What kind of fear, I wondered, had driven a band of Mohawks to make their home in this isolated and nearly inaccessible spot?
This site focuses on misunderstood or forgotten individuals and groups from the Mohawk and upper Hudson Valleys of New York state, a theme and setting I also explore in my historical novels. The postings here usually combine walking visits to historic sites with reflections on their implications for the present. Comments from readers are always welcome.