Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Brick Building
said to have been
erected in North America
imported from Holland
Rev. Gideon Schaets’
Bi-centennial Tablet 1886
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 42° 38.994′ N, 73° 45.15′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street (New York State Route 5) and North Pearl Street, on the right when traveling west on State Street. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted below window-level, directly on the building at this address, near the corner and facing State Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 North Pearl Street, Albany NY 12207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A City of Outstanding Historical Significance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of the Oldest Building in Albany Philip Livingston (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Martin Van Buren Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Anneke Janse Bogardus House Site (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Telephone Central Office in New York State (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Albany Academy (about 500 feet away); An English Neighborhood (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
More about this marker. Tablet No. 18 of the Bi-Centennial Tablets of 1886 - and one of the few still in its original location.
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Also see . . .
1. The First Church in Albany.
The Dutch Reformed Church was the centerpiece of Dutch culture in early Albany and its predecessor the village of Beverwyck. The church building itself was the most prominent feature on the community landscape. It was situated in the middle of the city’s main intersection from the 1650s to 1806. Enlarged about 1715, was the largest building in colonial Albany and was described by a number of visitors. The Dutch church clearly was colonial Albany's premier social institution! (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Domine Gideon Schaets.
According to traditional sources, Gideon Schaets was born in South Holland in 1607 or 1608. Gideon was educated chiefly by his father to become a schoolteacher and tutor. Sometime later, he began to study for the ministry. In May 1652, he was ordained in the Dutch Reformed Church. In that year, he accepted a call to replace Johannes Megapolensis in the church serving Rensselaerswyck and Beverwyck. He moved his family into a house in Beverwyck provided by Governor Stuyvesant and successfully served several terms as minister in Albany. The new church was built in Albany under his auspices. (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Domine Johannes Lydius.
Johannes Lydius was born in Maesden, South Holland, the eldest son of Reverend Hendricus Lydius. Following his father's profession, he entered the ministry. By 1692 he had become domine of the Reformed Church of Antwerp, Belgium. The Lydiuses sailed to America - arriving at New York in July 1700. By late September, they had taken up residence and he had been installed as the minister in Albany. The minister's status and his dependable service made his family welcome across Albany society. They were given what became a landmark house on the corner of State and Pearl Streets and he also owned a share of an Albany brewery. This Dutch minister was the founder of the Lydius family in America! (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. John Henry Lydius.
John Henry Lydius was christened in Albany in July 1704. He was the only son of Domine Johannes and Isabella Rachels Lydius. He was deprived of paternal guidance when his father died before the boy was five. Raised by his mother and stepfather and mentored by his brother-in-law, Albany trader Jacob Staats, young John Henry went into the north woods to make his way in the Indian trade. By the late 1720s, he had settled in New France - establishing himself in the fur trade and marrying Genevieve Masse, a French and Indian woman. The son of a beloved and pious Dutch Reformed minister, he made his name in the Indian trade and in land speculation. His career was both aided and compromised by conflicting perceptions of him. Called an English agent by the French, a forked-tongued serpent by the Indians, a traitor by provincial authorities, and a swindler by embarrassed title holders from several colonies, he left that notoriety for posterity when he left New York in 1765. The subject of frequent romanticized and antiquarian profiles during the two centuries that followed, the legend of this frontier maverick lives on! (Submitted on April 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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