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Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 30, 2006
1. Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn Marker
Inscription.
On Night of Feb. 8, 1690.
Although Wounded He Rode
20 Miles To Albany
Warning Settlers

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commemorating Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Cur Non? (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph C. Yates (within shouting distance of this marker); Arendt Van Curler (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dutch Church (about 400 feet away); Home of Aaron Dickinson (about 400 feet away); St. George's Church 1762 (about 400 feet away); Yates House (about 500 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
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 29, 2008
2. Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn Marker
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 (Old Niskayuna Road) and on down the hill to the stockade gate. Numbed by the cold and weak from loss of blood he could barely stammer "Schenectady - French - Indians - Fire - everything afire."

 
Additional keywords. Schenectady Stockade Schenectady's Paul Revere
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 29, 2008
3. Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn Marker
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 12, 2008
4. Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn Marker
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, April 29, 2008
5. Ride of Symon Schermerhoorn Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2014, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 4, 2014, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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