The Mohawk Valley is picturesque and filled with history. The museums throughout the Mohawk Valley are dedicated to preserving the unique culture of the Mohawk Nation, the Palatine Germans, the Dutch settlers, and more. This was home to Sir William Johnson and the first shovel full of dirt for the Erie Canal. The corridor for the railroads and the New York Thruway, the Mohawk Valley today is a history filled getaway place for the boater, fisherman, camper, cyclist, or explorer. Around every corner there is a blue and yellow New York State historic marker. Over every hill is another gem of a local museum or historical society with a story to tell. Yet all these tales are interconnected and woven together to create the fabric of the Mohawk Valley.