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Worth a Read: Books About Mohawk Valley and Central New York History

Jumpin’ Zach Flash, 96.1 WODZ

I don’t know about you, but for me, local history is so interesting. I can’t read enough about it. Every time I go to Barnes and Noble in New Hartford, I spend most of my time in the New York history section of the bookstore. So, as you can imagine, I have read a lot of books that are on the local history shelves. If you’re looking for a few suggestions on what books to read about history in the Mohawk Valley and Central New York, here are four of my recommendations that are worth a read.

I purchased these books from Barnes and Noble in New Hartford. They can also be purchased through Amazon.com.

Wicked Mohawk Valley by Dennis Webster

Jumpin’ Zach Flash, 96.1 WODZ

If you are looking for a book that is hard to put down, this one is it. “Wicked Mohawk Valley” puts together stories about various crimes over the years in the Mohawk Valley. (Amazon link)


Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley by Bob Cudmore

Jumpin’ Zach Flash, 96.1 WODZ

This book is packed with a lot of, well, history. Most of the history in this book take place downstate–Schenectady, Fulton and Montgomery counties. I was a little disappointed that stories from Oneida County were not included in this book. Nonetheless, it’s worth a read. (Amazon link)


Curiosities of Central New York by Melanie Zimmer

Jumpin’ Zach Flash, 96.1 WODZ

This book will help you impress your friends with unique, local history next time you have a conversation about the area. It was in this book where I learned there is a mummy in Cazenovia, specifically at the Cazenovia Library. Very interesting. (Amazon link)


Forgotten Tales of New York by Melanie Zimmer

Jumpin’ Zach Flash, 96.1 WODZ

The stories in this book stretch all of New York, with a few of the stories highlighting Utica. (Amazon link)

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