Place:Fonda, Montgomery, New York, United States


Coordinates42.954°N 74.376°W
Located inMontgomery, New York, United States
Contained Places
Caughnawaga Cemetery ( 1855 - )
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Fonda is a village in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 795 at the 2010 census. Fonda is the county seat of Montgomery County. The village is named after Douw Fonda, a Dutch-American settler scalped in 1780 during an Indian raid in the Revolutionary War.

The Village of Fonda is in the Town of Mohawk and is west of Amsterdam.

The Fonda Fair is an annual agricultural event.


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The village is located near the former Mohawk village of Caughnawaga. This was the 17th-century home of Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk girl who converted to Catholicism and became renowned for her piety. It has a national shrine devoted to her, as she was canonized as the first Native American saint. After a French attack on the village, Kateri and many other Mohawk moved to a mission village, Kahnawake, established near Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

European settlers, mostly German and English, officially organized the village in 1751 at the site of Caughnawaga. Fonda was named for an ethnic Dutch settler who was scalped in an Indian raid during the Revolutionary War.

His family were ancestors to the American actor Henry Fonda, who wrote about them in his 1981 autobiography, as follows:

"Early records show the family ensconced in northern Italy in the 16th century where they fought on the side of the Reformation, fled to Holland, intermarried with Dutch burghers' daughters, picked up the first names of the Low Countries, but retained the Italianate "Fonda". Before Pieter Stuyvesant surrendered Nieuw Amsterdam to the English the Fondas, instead of settling in Manhattan, canoed up the Hudson River to the Indian village of Caughnawaga. Within a few generations, the Mohawks and the Iroquois were butchered or fled and the town became known to mapmakers as Fonda, New York."

In 1973 the Caughnawaga Indian Village Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Walter Butler Homestead was listed in 1976.

After the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Fonda thrived with the growth in trade and traffic that accompanied it. It was a center of cheesemaking that accompanied the dairy industry, as well as other agriculture. As the county seat, it also did well with the arrival of the railroad in 1835, which increased cross-state transportation and shipping of goods. The village was incorporated in 1850.

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