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