St. George's Episcopal Church, Chadwicks, NY

LOCATION:

St. George's is nestled in a charming area known as the Sauquoit Valley which got its name from the Sauquoit Creek which flows through the area on its way to the Mohawk River. It is also located in the eastern portion of Oneida County near the border of Herkimer County.  The area is part of Central New York and is known by the name of Leatherstocking Country which is believed to have originated from James Fenimore Cooper's books; "The Leatherstocking Tales" and "The Last of the Mohicans."  The area is also noted as part of the foothills of the Adirondacks , home of many lakes, mountains and scenic trails, is near by.

HISTORY:

The overall area goes back to the Native Americans who inhabited the area.  It was originally part of the Iroquois Confederation and it is still home to the Oneida Nation.  The Mohawk River provided a major transportation route for early settlement.  The Erie Canal helped greatly to the development of the area and New York State as a whole.  In began on July 4, 1817 in nearby Rome.  The area is near the trail used by General Herkimer and his troops as they traveled to the relief of Fort Stanwix in Rome during the American Revolutionary War.  A battle took place near the Oneida village of Oriska when they were ambushed by Tories, British troops and their Native America allies.  It is called the bloodiest battle of the war.  A monument stands in nearby Oriskany in honor of those who fought there. 

CLIMATE:

The Greater Utica Area has a humid climate with cold winters and moderate summers.  Snow falls average nearly 99".  High temperatures in summer are generally between 75 and 85 degrees.  Daytime lows in winter are usually at or just above freezing and drop to 10 to 20 degrees and sometimes colder at night.

ACTIVITIES:

The area has a variety of activities and events in nearby Utica and the surrounding area to satisfy the interest of almost everyone.  There is the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, the Children's Museum, the Sculpture Space, the Stanley Center for the Arts, the Utica Symphony, Utica Zoo, an extensive park sysytem with a ske slope and the Utica Club Brewery. For those who enjoy outdoor activities there is the 15K Boilermaker Race, the Falling Leaves Road Race, America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk, the Munson Williams Proctor Sidewalk Art Festival and the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  The Baseball Hall of Fame is in nearby Cooperstown, the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota and the Fort Stanwix National Historical Site is in Rome.