Mural by area artist Julia Rodriquez
The Village of Nelliston occupies 1.2 square miles within the Town of Palatine at the western end of Montgomery County in the State of New York. As of the 2020 census it has a population of 568 people. It is a part of the Fort Plain and Canajoharie Central School Districts.
Nelliston was named for the Nellis family, who still reside in the village today. The family was part of the Palatine settlement (after which the Town of Palatine is named) which was made up of immigrants from the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area was home to the Mohawk Tribe, part of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy. For a time it served as the capital, or center-most village of the Mohawk Tribe.
The Village was home to famed duelist George Eacker, Panama Canal engineer Boyd Ehle, professional shortstop Bill Dahlen and many others. The official history book, Waymarks in Nelliston, by former historian Ruth Lupo, is available to view at the Village Hall.
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