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Guilderland in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Knower House

 
 
Knower House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 5, 2011
1. Knower House Marker
Inscription.
Est. as hat factory about 1800
by Benjamin Knower
Gov. William L. Marcy
Married Cornelia Knower
in this house

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 42° 42.287′ N, 74° 1.167′ W. Marker is in Guilderland, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on New York State Route 146, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 757 Route 146, Guilderland NY 12084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr F. Crounse (within shouting distance of this marker); Inn of Jacob Crounse (within shouting distance of this marker); Family Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Plank Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Severson House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Altamont High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); John Groot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Altamont (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Guilderland.
 
Regarding Knower House. This two-story Georgian Colonial house if five bays wide with center entrance with Palladian window above. It was constructed for Benjamin Knower, a prominent businessman and banker for whom the village was named
Knower House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 5, 2011
2. Knower House Marker
Marker is on the front lawn of the Knower House, on the right in this photo, along Route 146, just east of the Village of Altamont.
after his death. Knowersville became Altamont in 1887 when the Post Office requested the change to avoid confusion with another town. Knower was a hatter by trade and developed a waterproofing method for his beaver-skin hats. It is believed that the room in the western side of the second floor was used as a display room because of the unusual barrel vaulted ceiling and the handcrafted peg boards around the entire room. William L. Marcy, who later became governor of the State of New York and U.S. Secretary of State, married Cornelia Knower in the grand hall of this house in 1824. The house is located in what was the center of the village along the Schoharie plank road and is located next to the Crounse Inn.
 
Additional keywords. Knower Knowersville Altamont
 
Categories. PoliticsSettlements & Settlers
 
The Knower House image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, November 5, 2011
3. The Knower House
 
 
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