Fonda, New York

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Fonda is a village in Montgomery County, New York, United States. The population was 810 at the 2000 census. Fonda is the county seat of Montgomery County[1]. The village is named after Douw Fonda, a settler scalped during an Indian raid in 1780.

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

The Fonda Fair is an annual agricultural event.



The village is situated at the former Mohawk village of "Caughnawaga." The village Fonda is named after the Fonda family when they settled in New Netherland in the seventeenth century. In Henry Fonda's autobiography, the history is given as follows:

The European settler village was founded in 1751 at the site of Caughnawaga. The Caughnawaga Indian Village Site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[3]

Fonda thrived by the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 and the arrival of the railroad in 1835. The village was incorporated in 1850.


Fonda is located at 42°57′16″N 74°22′32″W / 42.95444°N 74.37556°W / 42.95444; -74.37556 (42.954342, -74.375424)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), of which, 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (11.48%) is water.

Fonda is on the north bank of the Mohawk River on the opposite bank from the Village of Fultonville.

New York State Route 5, New York State Route 30A, and New York State Route 334 converge on Fonda.


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