The Mohawk valley is now the great trade
route to the west. In the early days it was of no less
importance. From our first knowledge of it to the close of the
Revolution it was a Great War route. Through this valley the
tide of war surged back and forth for many generations. Almost
every rod of its land is historic. The fights and massacres that
took place here were so numerous and so bloody that that section
was known as "the dark and bloody ground."