Van Alstyne House

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Van Alstyne Homestead
Van Alstyne Homestead, Canajoharie (Montgomery County, New York).png
Van Alstyne House is located in New York
Van Alstyne House
Van Alstyne House is located in the US
Van Alstyne House
Location 42 Moyer St., Canajoharie, New York
Coordinates 42°54′13″N 74°34′19″W / 42.90361°N 74.57194°W / 42.90361; -74.57194Coordinates: 42°54′13″N 74°34′19″W / 42.90361°N 74.57194°W / 42.90361; -74.57194
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built Pre 1749
Architectural style Colonial, Dutch Colonial
NRHP Reference # 83001711[1]
Added to NRHP September 8, 1983

Van Alstyne House, also known as (Van Alstyne Homestead and Fort Rensselaer Club), is a historic home located at Canajoharie in Montgomery County, New York. It is a long, low rectangular house with a steeply pitched gambrel roof in the Dutch Colonial style. The original fieldstone house was built about 1730 and has three rooms with a garrett under the roof. A 2 12-story frame addition runs across the rear.[2][3]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is located in the Canajoharie Historic District.

Brief History[edit]

First constructed by Martin Janse Van Alstyne before 1749 the home also functioned as a tavern and meeting place with the start of the American Revolution. By 1775 it was owned by Goshen (Goose) Van Alstyne and was a frequent meeting place for the Tryon County Committee of Safety. It was here that the Mohawk Valley's patriots first debated the merits of liberty and the new American Tryon Militia was born. Nicholas Herkimer accepted his new commission here as Chief Colonel and was later appointed General of the all volunteer force of American frontier soldiers.


The historic home and tavern houses the Rufus Grider collection of historically accurate drawings documenting 18th century homes, farms and life across the Mohawk Valley. Rufus Grider, a late 19th century artist, purchased and renovated the old homestead in 1885 to create one of New York's first museums of its kind. Today it is run by the Van Alstyne Homestead Society and is open to the public for tours during the summer season.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Lucy A. Breyer (July 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Van Alstyne House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  3. ^ Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Resources, "Cultural Resource Information System (NY-CRIS)" Project Ref: Van Alstyne House, National Register: 90PR04609, NR Number: 90NR01525, Retrieved: 2015-06-13

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