Welcome! On behalf of the people of the Town of Mohawk, thank you for visiting our website.
The Town of Mohawk is located in Montgomery County, New York. It includes the village of Fonda and part of Tribes Hill. The Town is bounded on the south by the Mohawk River. Fulton County is the northern border, and the Towns of Palatine and Amsterdam represent the western and eastern borders, respectively. The Town is home to the County Seat, Fonda. Fonda is also home to the Fonda Fairgrouds and Speedway. The National Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine is located in the Town, as are several other historic landmarks. The Montgomery County Offices are also located in Fonda.
The Town of Mohawk is rich with local history reaching back to when the Indian tribe "Mohawks" inhabited the area and when the Jesuit priests came to set up the Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine we still know today. After the American Revolution, the area of New York State then known as Tryon County was renamed Montgomery County in honor of General Richard Montgomery. With the railroad being built in 1834, towns along its path became more prosperous, Fonda being one of those towns. With the increase in population and the county seat, which at the time was Johnstown (a city only accessible by stage), Fonda became the new county seat in 1836.
The original size of Montgomery was quite large before other counties began to break off from it. The final county to form from Montgomery County was Fulton in 1838 and the southern half of the Town of Johnstown became the Town of Mohawk on April 4, 1837.
The Town and surrounding area is rich with history and we invite you to come and explore this piece of New York State located close to the Adirondack Mountains and in the heart of the Mohawk Valley.