History From America's Most Famous Valleys
The picturesque stone structure overlooking the north bank of the Mohawk, a short distance east of St. Johnsville and known today as "Fort Klock" was built by Johannes Klock in 1750. It was a time when early settlers were willing to face the natural hazzards of the wilderness, including wild animals and hunger, to establish trading posts for Iroquois customers.
The two-foot limestone walls and loop holes for musket defense came in handy a quarter-century later when the home was used as a refuge during revolutionary raids. Restoration of the colonial building was begun in 1954 as an area project. Bicentennial ratings in the county place Fort Klock among the most interesting sites.