Flooding reveals buried history at upstate NY site

Fort Hunter, New York (AP) October 2011

Flooding that damaged several historic sites in the Mohawk Valley has also uncovered some buried history at one of the locations.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (http://bit.ly/r1hbGX ) that archaeologists are excavating sections of stone walls believed to have been part of Fort Hunter, an early 18th-century fortress built by the British near a Mohawk Indian village.

The Montgomery County hamlet of Fort Hunter is home to the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, which contains some of the few original Erie Canal remnants open to public view.

Tropical Storm Irene late last month caused catastrophic flooding along Schoharie Creek, which flows into the Mohawk River at Fort Hunter. The flooding scoured away the historic site’s parking lot, which had been built over the fort’s remains in the late 1980s.

The historic site remains closed as crews repair flood damage.