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Cohoes in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Van Schaick Mansion
 
Van Schaick Mansion marker - Cohoes, New York Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 23, 2007
1. Van Schaick Mansion marker - Cohoes, New York
 
Inscription.
1735 - 1927
Van Schaick Mansion
Home Of
John G. Van Schaick
and his Wife Anna Patriot Americans
Built by Anthony Van Schaick
Son of Goosen Gerritsen original patentee
Headquarters
August 18-September 8-1777
Northern Department Continental Army
General Philip Schuyler
General Horatio Gates

Here was planned the Saratoga Campaign
And here August 19-1777
General Gates assumed command
From this place August 15-1777
General Benedict Arnold and his force
marched to relieve Fort Stanwix
Beneath this roof were received
Governor George Clinton
Gen. Benjamin Lincoln ∑ Gen. Enoch Poor
Gen. Ebenezer Learned ∑ Gen. John Stark
Col. Peter Gansevoort ∑ Col. Daniel Morgan
Colonel Tadeusz Kosciuszko
Engineer of the fortifications on
Peebles Island and at Bemis Heights
Here also after the surrender
were entertained
General John Burgoyne and his staff
Erected by the Cohoes Historical Society
and the State of New York - 1927

 
Erected 1927 by Cohoes Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 46.043′ N, 73° 41.214′ W. Marker is in Cohoes, New York
 
Van Schaick marker with Mansion in Background Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 23, 2007
2. Van Schaick marker with Mansion in Background
 
, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of Van Schaick Avenue and Delaware Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Van Schaick Avenue. Click for map. The Van Schaick mansion is one of the most historic homes in New York State. The mansion is located on Van Schaick Island at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers at Cohoes, New York. Marker is in this post office area: Cohoes NY 12047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Van Schaick Mansion (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Van Schaick Mansion (within shouting distance of this marker); Van Schaick Burial Plot (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Van Schaick (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Camp Van Schaick (about 800 feet away); Van Schaick Island (approx. 0.4 miles away); Herman Melville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Juncta (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cohoes.
 
Regarding Van Schaick Mansion. Van Schaick Mansion: Military Headquarters during three wars—French and Indian war, the Revolutionary war, and the War of 1812.

HABS/HAER: “Van Schaick Ave. and Delaware and Hudson RR Track. (These tracks are long gone, but the old railroad ties are still there, with small trees growing up throught them.) Brick laid in English bond, 50'-1" (five bay front) x 28'-1", one-and-one-half stores with bsement, gambrel roof with “muisetanden” (mouse-toothing), shed roofed dormers, four-room center hall plan, much original interior trim and hardware. Built c. 1735 for Wessel Van Schaick; rear one story fram lean-to addition. Front Porch late 1870ís.”
 
Front of the Van Schaick Mansion Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 23, 2007
3. Front of the Van Schaick Mansion
 

 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Van Schaick Burial Plot is near by.
 
Also see . . .
1. Visit the Van Schaick Mansion website. (Submitted on February 24, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Photos and Drawings. There are exterior photos (from 1940) and many detailed drawings of the Van Schaick Mansion available here. (Submitted on March 5, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 

3. Wessel Van Schaick House, Van Schaick Avenue & Delaware & Hudson Railroad Tracks, Cohoes, Albany, NY. (Submitted on July 27, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
The Back of the Van Schaick Mansion Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 23, 2007
4. The Back of the Van Schaick Mansion
 
 
Interpretive Sign Located behind the Van Schaick Mansion Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 23, 2007
5. Interpretive Sign Located behind the Van Schaick Mansion
"In 1777, this mansion was the headquarters for the Northern Department of the Continental Army and the site where the victorious Saratoga campaign was planned."
 
 
Van Schaick Mansion Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, June 30, 2011
6. Van Schaick Mansion
 
 
Van Schaick Mansion Main Entry Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 25, 2012
7. Van Schaick Mansion Main Entry
This is the inside of the main entry, showing the hardware of the Dutch door. This hardware and door are original to the building.
 
 
Continental Currency - Six Dollars - The United Colonies Photo, Click for full size
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 25, 2012
8. Continental Currency - Six Dollars - The United Colonies
This Bill entiles the Bearer to receive Six Spanish Milled Dollars, or the Value thereof in Gold or Silver, according to the Refolution of Congress, paffed at Philadelphia November 29, 1775.

John Goosen Van Schaick opened up his house to the Army in 1777. Through General Schuyler's influence he loaned $10,000 in gold to General Gates in order to supply the destitute troops. The continental script he received in exchange was never redeemed since Congress took the position that General Gates had no authority to borrow the money. This is one of the original notes on display in the mansion.
 
 
Van Schaick Mansion Drawing Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Building Survey
9. Van Schaick Mansion Drawing
This cross-sectional view drawing the historic Van Schaick Mansion is one of 17 drawings and 4 black and white photos found in The Library of Congress webpage Built in America (Historic American Buildings Survey - Historic American Engineering Record)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 2,784 times since then. Last updated on April 21, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 24, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   6. submitted on June 30, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   7. submitted on July 29, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   8. submitted on July 30, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   9. submitted on July 2, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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