The land encompassing Stone Rose was once a small dairy farm surrounded by many neighboring farms. It was supported by four main pastures and back acreage of woodlands. Fly Creek runs through the north end, alongside the abandoned stage coach road that once connected to West Corbin Hill Road.
Although the outbuildings and barns are long gone, the original circa 1840 farm house still remains. Legend states this homestead was used as a safe house on the Underground Railroad.
Throughout the years, many families have lived here. These residents, now long deceased, had shared their enthralling stories detailing complex lives on a simple land. One strand remained constant in each story: wealth of income remained elusive, while wealth of happiness and the love of family remained ever more.
In the late 19th century, itinerant artist Fritz Vogt captured the essence of this rural life in his beautiful architectural drawings that have since gained fame and recognition of today’s folk art community.
Researching history books, we have learned that this land was just a small part of the bigger picture in the Mohawk and Schoharie valleys. When the British, German Palatines, Dutch, French and English settled in the valleys in the 17th century, they encountered many villages or castles of the Mohawk-Iroquois nation, or Kanyenkehaka, (people of the flint). Aptly named, caves of shale and limestone run beneath the surface of the blue clay in this region creating numerous rock formations, two of which are prominent configurations overlooking the Mohawk River referred to as “The Noses.” One of the largest Mohawk villages (Canagere) existed here in the 17th century. During the latter part of the 19th century and into the early 20th century, immigrants arrived from Ireland, Italy and Poland after sailing into the port of Ellis Island, New York City. In the later 20th century an influx of people of Latino decent settled mostly in the nearby cities.
Today many diverse cultures reside in the region, including the Amish and Native Americans who have returned to their native land.
The region has always been a nucleus of travel through the ages.
The Mohawk River is a major waterway in north-central New York. The river flows approximately 143 miles (230 km) ESE from Oneida County, entering the Hudson River near Albany, making it the latter's longest tributary. The cities of Schenectady, Amsterdam, Utica and Rome are built on its banks. The river and its supporting canal, the Erie Canal (a part of the New York State Canal System, called the New York State Barge Canal for much of the 20th century), connect the Hudson River and port of New York with the Great Lakes at Buffalo, New York.
The river has long been important to transportation and migration to the west as a passage between the Allegheny and Adirondack highlands. The fertile valley also attracted early settlers, and a number of important battles of the French and Indian War and the Revolution were fought here.
During the early westward growth of the United States, the Erie Canal was an important link to the west that followed or used the river's path.
The middle course of the Mohawk River runs through Montgomery County, where most of the village sites of the Mohawk Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy are located. The Mohawks were compelled to leave the region during the American Revolution and fled to Canada. Today, some have returned and currently reside in the hamlet of Yosts at the Mohawk Community named, Kanatsiohareke.
The Schoharie Creek flows from the foot of Indian Head in the Catskill Mountains to the Mohawk River. It is twice impounded north of Prattsville to create New York City's Schoharie Reservoir and the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project.