Along the northern edge of broad fertile plains of the Schoharie Valley south of Middleburgh abruptly rises a unique natural mountain upon which one’s eye cannot help but focus.  This is the famed Vrooman’s Nose, named for the Dutch pioneer from Schenectady who bought land including this mountain in 1712.  Scientist and historian Vincent J. Schaefer traces the story of this prominent Schoharie Valley landmark from its shaping by the great continental glacier to its preservation by a dedicated community and the direct descendants of Adam Vrooman (b. 1649).