History From America's Most Famous Valleys
When revolutionary action indicated the end of Loyalist government int he eastern section of the Mohawk Valley, powers were gradually taken over by district committees of patriots. They were referred to in Johnstown as "Rebels." These area groups were in 1775 merged as the Tryon Committee of Safety.
Fast mounting hatreds made necessary certain precautions taken by the valley farmers, and one of these measures was a frequent change in meeting places. Several of the gatherings were held at the 1750 Van Alstyne Home in Canajoharie from which military and civil affairs were directed for a large section of the valley during the revolution. The building is being preserved as the home of the Fort Rensselaer Club.