An official Path Through History Site! Seeking refuge from repeated French invasion of the wealthy Electoral Palatinate region of Germany, some 13,000 "Poor Palatines" came to England in 1709. The English government transported 3,000 Palatines to the colonies in New York in 1710. The 1747 Nellis Homestead tells the story of those who came to the Montgomery County town of St. Johnsville. Their way of life is reflected in the restored farmhouse, in its 18th century fireplaces, huge ceiling beams and "wattle and daub" construction.