The Eastern New York chapter of the Nature Conservancy purchased the original 97 acres of this sanctuary in 1970 from Lansing and Lucille Christman, son and daughter-in-law of the late William W. Christman. William (Will) Christman devoted his . . . — — Map (db m13904) HM
The boundaries of
the County Forest Preserve are the same
as they were when Elkanoh Rockwell
leased this land from James Duane in 1794.
Duane held 50,000 acres in the area
then known as Duane's Bush. He divided
his land into hundred acre . . . — — Map (db m42061) HM
Site of Herrick Farmhouse
In 1791 Stephen Herrick leased 90 acres of forest land from James Duane. At the time, Duane owned most of the town which he had subdivided into hundreds of farm lots.
Herrick's annual rent was 13 Spanish . . . — — Map (db m211294) HM
Known as Duane's Bush in the late 18th Century, the Schenectady County Forest (in which you are standing) constitutes No. 92 of the 100 "Great Lots" formed by James Duane when he divided and sold his 50,000 Acres in 100-acre parcels.
According . . . — — Map (db m211417) HM
Of The Men Who Were Killed
In This Ravine In
The Beukendaal Battle
On July 18, 1748
By The Canadian Indians
John A. Bradt
Daniel Van Antwerpen
Cornelis Viele, . . . — — Map (db m102619) HM
has been designated a
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
Heritage Conservation and Recreation . . . — — Map (db m223745) HM
History of the John Brown Hiking Trails and Mohawk River State Park
Named for local preservationist, the John Brown Hiking Trails wind
through 100 acres on Niskayuna Town land and 117 acres on the
Mohawk River State Park, formerly the . . . — — Map (db m158316) HM
This area was the site of rich Native American agricultural fields and extensive trade paths. In the 17th century and 18th centuries, Dutch colonists and other European settlers farmed here and transported their goods on those same paths. Boats and . . . — — Map (db m126661) HM
In 1817, the Erie Canal was established under the management of the Erie Canal Commission. The canal was dug from Albany to Buffalo 4’ deep and 40’ wide with stone locks 15’x 90’. The locks were the limiting factor on boat size, and the efficiency . . . — — Map (db m128557) HM
The Town of Colonie includes 10.2 miles of riverfront along the Mohawk River and Erie Canal. The bike-hike trail which parallels the river and canal is part of the 359 mile NYS Canalway Trail stretching from Buffalo to Albany. Points of interest . . . — — Map (db m127029) HM
Sir William Johnson (1715-1774), Indian trader, statesman, diplomat and Colonial Empire Builder, in 1763 built Johnson Hall, the center of his estate and the scene of many Indian conferences. Coming from Ireland in 1738, . . . — — Map (db m75961) HM
To the honor of those from the 10th ward who so gloriously served their country in World War II 1941-1945
These gave their all in World War II
John A. Alois, Stanley Best, Ralph R. Bouck, Joseph Caiazzo, James F. Dorning, Albert Desimone, . . . — — Map (db m133937) WM
In its early years, Schenectady was a frontier community, centered on farming and trade with the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (or Haudenosaunee). Life for early settlers was highly focused on the Mohawk River. One of the most precious . . . — — Map (db m146897) HM
The stonework surrounding you is the remains of lock 23 of the Enlarged Erie Canal. Canal boats, drawn by mules and horses, passed through the chambers on either side of you on their way toward revolutionizing transportation in the mid-nineteenth . . . — — Map (db m25101) HM
About 3000 feet from modern Lock 8 is Lock 23, built in 1841 during the enlargement of the Erie Canal (1836-1862). It replaced original Erie Canal Lock 26.
Enlarging the canal became imperative by the mid-1830's after user demand outstripped the . . . — — Map (db m93716) HM
Head of navigation on the Mohawk, this thriving gateway post funneled traders, soldiers and settlers west for over 160 years. Warehouses -- filled with furs, grain, salt, potash and other goods -- lined the far bank of the Binnekill. Hundreds of . . . — — Map (db m53146) HM
Mariner, master of the batteau Discovery, which departed this harbor August 21, 1992, on the 200th anniversary of Schuyler's Expedition, through her final voyage to Onondaga Lake, July 9th 1994; there he was struck by lightning and died, July . . . — — Map (db m51122) HM
Born October 6, 1846 Central Bridge, New York
Died March 12, 1914 Buried in Arlington National Cemetery
Educated in Schenectady Attended Union College
Civil War Veteran of the Union Army and Navy 1863,1865
Founded Westinghouse . . . — — Map (db m134086) HM
Rotterdam Housing Area
Home of Jimmy Carter
October 1952 - October 1953
James Earl Carter, Jr., President of the United States
1977-1981, and his wife Rosalynn, lived in Quarters
Number 7 when he . . . — — Map (db m6870) HM
From the beginning, it was the waterway that attracted people to Schenectady. Dutch settlers founded Schenectady in 1661 as part of the New Netherland Colony. The name "Schenectady" is said to be derived from the Mohawk word for "on the side of the . . . — — Map (db m146740) HM
This historic burial plot contains the remains of descendants of Harmen Albertse Vedder, an original settler of Schenectady. He purchased the land and built a home in 1672. Harmen died around 1715 and is probably buried here. After purchasing this . . . — — Map (db m23020) HM
Died November 28, 2006 due to a spinal cord injury caused by a car-bike crash at this crossing, October 29, 2006.
The white "ghost bike” has been
standing watch as a memorial to Alan since 2007, awaiting the current design to be installed . . . — — Map (db m130990) HM
You are standing at the remains of Lock 25 of the Historic Erie Canal.
Construction of the Erie Canal began in 1817 and opened in its entirety in 1825. The Erie Canal is considered the engineering marvel of the 1800s. When the federal . . . — — Map (db m193907) HM
These stone arches are the remains of an aqueduct that conveyed the Erie Canal across the Plotter Kill Creek. Aqueducts were used to carry the canal and its towpath over rivers, ravines, and other obstructions. They each consisted of an arched . . . — — Map (db m125976) HM
"Big Boy” was a lot of rolling steel - a whopping 1,250,000 pounds, or 612.5 tons of it with its tender included. The American Locomotive Company built 25 of these mammoth locomotives for the Union Pacific Railroad between the years . . . — — Map (db m125487) HM
Nearing the completion of America's first transcontinental railroad in 1868, Schenectady Locomotive works filled an important order: four recently built engines numbered #60, #61, #62, and #63 were dismantled and shipped
around Cape Horn to San . . . — — Map (db m159913) HM
In gratitude to the men and women of the 12th Ward who served their country in the Second World War.
left plaque: Dedicated to the patriotism and valor of the more than fifteen hundred men and women of the Twelfth Ward who served in the . . . — — Map (db m138067) WM
The American Locomotive Company (ALCO) and its predecessor, Schenectady Locomotive Works, manufactured locomotives from 1849 until 1969. For 120 years they designed and sold high quality, state-of-the-art locomotives to railroads and governments on . . . — — Map (db m125514) HM
The American Locomotive Company (ALCO) and its predecessor, Schenectady Locomotive Works, manufactured locomotives from 1849 until 1969. For 120 years they designed and sold high quality, state-of-the-art locomotives to railroads and governments on . . . — — Map (db m125519) HM
To honor the memory
Arendt Van Curler
Acknowledged leader of the
fifteen original settlers of Schenectady.
Born at Nijkerk, Holland, 1620;
Came to New Amsterdam, 1638;
To Schenectady, 1662;
Resided here until death. . . . — — Map (db m15029) HM
John Baptist Van Epps
was a fur trader and also
operated a fleet of boats. At
this site he ran the ferry dock
at which George Washington
landed on one of his visits to Schenectady. — — Map (db m128741) HM
Railroads and railroading are an integral part of our nation's songbook. By the early 20th century, that included songs such as John Henry, the mythical steel-drivin' man;" The Wabash Cannonball, a locomotive with "no equal;” . . . — — Map (db m125474) HM
History of the Central Park Rose garden
1959 Col. Charles D. Brown Designer of the Rose Garden
1960 First 400 rose bushes planted
1965 View of the stone garden walls
1966 Mayor Ellis crowns Rose Queen at Annual Rose Festival
1967 . . . — — Map (db m230976) HM
Built on land granted in 1662 to Jacques Van Slyck, son of a Mohawk woman, Otstoch, and Cornelius Van Slyck. Site of Van Slyck’s tavern 1671. Structure replaces the buildings destroyed in the Great Fire of 1819. — — Map (db m128802) HM
Commemorating Massacre of Feb. 8-9,1690. One Hundred and Fourteen French and Ninety-Six Indians Entered During Night at North Gate, Located at this Point. Assault was Commenced Here. Seventy Houses were Burned, Sixty Persons Killed and . . . — — Map (db m77520) HM
On June 11, 1825
Marquis De Lafayette,
Citizen of France
And of the United States,
Was the Guest of the
Honorable Joseph C. Yates,
Governor of The
State . . . — — Map (db m34319) HM
In 1830, Peter Cooper, the inventor of America's first steam locomotive, demonstrated to executives at the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road that his locomotive, Tom Thumb was economically competitive with canal transportation because of its lower cost . . . — — Map (db m159761) HM
Thomas Edison was a brilliant inventor and entrepreneur.
Charles Steinmetz was a mathematical genius in the field of electrical engineering. Both epitomized the American dream for success. Edison was profoundly hearing-impaired and Steinmetz . . . — — Map (db m130634) HM
This was in the square at intersection of these streets.
Dimensions fifty-six feet north and
south, and forty-six east and west.
Built in 1688, of wood.
Burned during Massacre of 1690.
Rebuilt of stone in 1703.
Used as guard house and . . . — — Map (db m223655) HM
Constructed in 1892 for Thomas Edison's research on lighting and later for Doppler Radar development for the United States Government was restored in 1998 by Warren Camp with support from The City of Schenectady and The New York State Economic . . . — — Map (db m66125) HM
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