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Explore Montgomery County via Sprinter Van Rental in New York City
Montgomery County in New York is abundant in natural resources and the presence of its fertile banks as well as of its valuable turnpike, river, canal, and railroad transportation routes attributed to its rich history. As such, Montgomery makes for a great vacation destination with friends and family. With a sprinter van rental in New York City, you can tour all the county’s amazing sites and have a very fun and enriched time there.
We at Custom Coach and Limo will help you plan for your trip in Montgomery County. We will give you some suggestions on where you can go so that you will be able to make the most out of your vacation time.
So hop on a sprinter van rental in New York City and get ready to fall in love with Montgomery County!
Ames Village and Ames Museum
Nothing beats the charm of a small village. And the Village of Ames, which is in the south-central portion of the Town of Canajoharie, is one of the smallest villages in New York state with an estimated population of 167. This village was founded by German settlers and by pioneers from New England in 1779.
Visit the Ames Museum Village Hall and be enchanted by the history of the village. The hall is a two-storey 1835 academy house and serves as home to many local artifacts that feature Ames' hey-day as 19th-century America’s hops-growing capital.
Old Fort Johnson
Old Fort Johnson is a 1749 fortified limestone house that served as home to Sir William Johnson and his family. The building showcases the best of Colonial architecture. The Montgomery County Historical Society now operates this National Historic Landmark, which looks untouched after all these years. The furnishings, the Johnson family memorabilia, and the exhibits of artifacts from the Mohawk Valley history, among many others, are well-preserved.
Visit http://www.oldfortjohnson.org or call (518) 843-0300 for more information.
Old Fort Johnson is at Route 5, at the intersection of Route 67 in Fort Johnson, NY.
Montgomery has a very rich history, diverse culture, and beautiful natural scenery. Needless to say, the place is worth a visit. You can take a trip with family or with friends and discover Montgomery County together. Just book a sprinter van rental in New York City and you can go from one venue to another.
A sprinter van rental in New York City is the perfect transportation option for small and intimate groups. It can comfortably seat up to 10 people, so if there are that many of you, you no longer need to drive two or three vehicles separately. What’s more, you still have plenty of room for your luggage, bags, travel essentials, or outdoor gear.
Here is a continuation of our list of places to visit in Montgomery:
Fort Plain Museum
The Fort Plain Museum is a Greek Revival building that houses exhibits on the history of the middle Mohawk Valley, with a focus on the pre-Colonial, Erie Canal, and Revolutionary War periods.
The museum is at 389 Canal St. (Route 5S), in Fort Plain. Check out http://www.fortplainmuseum.com or call (518) 993-2527 for more information or to set an appointment.
Erie Canal Lock 33
Erie Canal Lock 33 at Dump Road in St. Johnsville is considered to be one of the town’s best-kept secrets. It is the original double locks on Old Erie Canal on the south side of the barge canal. This site is marked with a historical marker. There are picnic tables for those who like to hang around and eat some snacks.
Check out the Erie Canal Web site at http://www.lock33.com/index.html.
Noteworthy Indian Museum
The Noteworthy Indian Museum is a great place to see a fine collection of Native American artifacts. There are three exhibit rooms that showcase life in the Mohawk Valley pre-Revolutionary War. This museum is on 100 Church Street, in Amsterdam. Log on to this site or call (518) 843-4761 for more information.
Stay tuned for more suggestions.
Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library
The Arkell Museum houses a collection of 350 paintings and sculpture by various American artists, including Winslow Homer, Hopper, Eakins, Andrew Wyeth, Remington and O’Keeffe. It has changing exhibits, too, and it offers concerts, workshops, film screenings, and lectures.
This museum is on Church Street and Erie Boulevard, in Canajoharie.
Log on to http://www.arkellmuseum.org or call (518) 673-2314 for more information.
Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community
Visit this traditional Mohawk community at 4934 Route 5, in Fonda and get a glimpse of how Mohawk families live. There is the gift shop where you can get Native American crafts, books and apparel, and there are sleigh rides as well as a working farm. There are also festivals and conferences held on the grounds and Native language immersion classes.
For more information, check out http://www.mohawkcommunity.com/ or call (518) 673-5356.
Allen's 19th Century General Store
This is a 19th century-style general store that sells beautiful home-spun calico dresses, folk art prints, needlework, antiques, dolls and more. The store is on 580 Dillenbeck Road, in Palatine Bridge. Check out http://www.theoldorderneedleworker.com or call (518) 673-2266 to know more about the store.
Make sure to check out our next articles for more suggestions.
Now, let us give you a few natural attractions and some parks.
This one is a public garden that spans 548 acres, 40 acres of which have been developed for plantings of herbaceous perennials, shrubs, and trees from around the world while the rest consists of wetlands, woodlands, more than 8 miles worth of trails, natural areas, and open fields.
Check out http://www.landisarboretum.org/index.html or call (518) 875-6935 for more information.
Landis Arboretum is on 174 Lape Road, in Esperance and is nestled in between Montgomery and Schoharie Counties.
Charleston State Forest
Charleston State Forest is 4,600 acres of property that is ideal for camping and hunting. It is also great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter.
Charleston State Forest is at Route 30 A, south of Fultonville. For more information, log on to http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/35832.html.
Thomas H. Burbine Memorial Forest & Nature Trail
This memorial forest and nature trail is a forever-wild territory that is maintained by Montgomery County. It is located at Corbin Hill Road and lies very close to Charleston State Forest.
Call (518) 853-3814 for more information.
Mosher Marsh Preserve
If you and your gang are into hiking, head over to Mosher Marsh at 262 Manny's Corners Road, in Amsterdam NY. This is a 43-acre public preserve with land that's classified as wetlands equipped with boardwalk. In fact, Mosher Marsh has all three main types of wetlands: a marsh, a wet meadow and a forested wetland.
To know more about Mosher Marsh, log on to its Web site at http://www.mohawkhudson.org or call (518) 436-6346.
If you plan on touring Montgomery County's natural sites, make sure you have reliable transportation. Book a sprinter van rental in New York City to drive you and your group around.
Rural Grove State Forest
Rural Grove State Forest on Routes 162 and Logtown Road, in Rural Grove gives you 2000 acres of camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, and other activities all year round.
Log on to http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/35832.html to know more about the place.
Canajoharie Country Club
Canajoharie Country Club is an 18-hole public golf course located at 154 Country Club Rd., in Canajoharie. There is a restaurant, a lounge and a pro shop in the facility.
Call (518) 673-3635 or visit its Web site at http://canajohariegolf.com/ for inquiries.
Diamond Acres at Stone Arabia Road in Fonda is where you can dig for Herkimer diamonds. Herkimers are minerals called quartz, which occurs in many different shapes and colors all throughout the Herkimer mining district. At Diamond Acres, you will have a chance to mine for yours.
Call (518) 762-7960 for more information and to set up group appointments.
Mini Horse Farm
If you want some fresh and organic produce like vegetables, herbs, strawberries, raspberries, fruits, and even eggs, you go to Mini Horse Farm at 2013 Wagners Hollow Road, in Fort Plain. The farm is open from April to October, although it is closed on Saturdays.
Call (518) 993-3431 for inquiries and appointments.
A sprinter van rental in New York City should be part of your trip. It is the most comfortable, most convenient and most hassle-free way to take long drives for out-of-town vacations.