History From America's Most Famous Valleys
Shortly after the surrender of Cornwallis brought victory to American Forces in the Revolution, General Washington informed Congress that he intended to visit the Mohawk Valley to study the theater of important military action during the war. Between the latter part of July 1783 and return to his Newburgh Headquarters on August 5, the Commander-in-Chief traveled the valley. He remained overnight in Canajoharie and followed the route of the Clinton expedition to Otsego in action against the Indians four years previously. Washington's travels in the county that was "so much celebrated for the fertility of its soil and the beauty of its situation" strengthened an opinion that the area would benefit from development of inland navigation.