Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn
Although Wounded He Rode
20 Miles To Albany
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 8, 2007.
Location. 42° 49.061′ N, 73° 56.84′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on North Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 North Church Street, Schenectady NY 12305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commemorating Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Oldest House (within shouting distance of this marker); Cur Non? (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph C. Yates (within shouting distance of this marker); Toll House (within shouting distance of this marker); 1832-1838 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Site of Dutch ChurchArendt Van Curler (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
Regarding Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn. At the time of the Schenectady Massacre, in 1690, when that city was destroyed by a hostile French and Indian force, Symon Schermerhorn escaped and rode along the River Road and Old Niskayuna Road, warning the settlers; thence on to Albany with the news. Schermerhorn's descendants still live on the road named for him in the Mohawk area. Below is the description from "Forts and Fires the Mohawk Country, New York" by John J. Vrooman relating the dramatic tale:
Near midnight on February 8, 1690 Symon Schermerhorn was roused by his great dog Negar. When he opened the shutter he saw, almost in disbelief, a column of men in strange uniforms, followed by a file of Indians. Rousing his brother, he said, "Ryer, the French are in town - I will ride to Albany and give the alarm." He was able to saddle his horse and get to the north gate before he was fired upon, wounding his thigh and the horse. His route passed close to the river and through Niskayuna, where there was no doctor. He had to pull his mare down to walk because of the pain. It is logical that he turned down the Crooked Road
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