In commemoration of the three hundredth anniversary of the founding in 1624 of the first permanent settlement of Albany, then known as Fort Orange, near the site of Fort Nassau built in 1614 and abandoned in 1617. With the establishment of . . . — — Map (db m64993) HM
The Dwelling House or "Bell House" contained a kitchen, large community dining rooms, and retiring rooms (bedrooms). At the height of this community, 100 Shakers lived in the main building and the 'T' shaped wing. On its roof in a cupola, hung a . . . — — Map (db m115659) HM
After the English gained control of the Hudson Valley from the Dutch in 1674, they established a strong presence in the town they renamed Albany. Soldiers headquartered at Fort Frederick just above this intersection. They formed a masonic lodge in . . . — — Map (db m76382) HM
The Brethren's Shop was used by the men and boys for various crafts including shoe making and tinsmithing. The porches and dormers were added in 1930 and the building is now used by Albany County as offices.
A date stone in the basement is . . . — — Map (db m115662) HM
Early Albany, the Dutch village of Beverwijck, was filled with artisans — the people who built the community and made it livable and bustling with activity. By the late 1650s, among the thousand residents who called Beverwijck home, hard . . . — — Map (db m144029) HM
The Shakers stored milk in the creamery to keep it cool. Milk was brought from the barn in large milk cans, which were then kept cool in troughs filled by water diverted from the creek. Later the building was used as a hen house; now it is used . . . — — Map (db m115688) HM
Mere yards ahead of you once stood Fort Orange, the first permanent Dutch settlement in North America.
The Dutch West India Company built Fort Orange at the most strategic crossroads in the region — at the head of the trail into Mohawk . . . — — Map (db m144034) HM
Kilian Van Rensselaer the Progenitorof the Van Rensselaer family in America, a merchant of Amsterdam Holland, the original proprietor and first patroon of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, under a grant from the Dutch government in 1629. In following . . . — — Map (db m116749) HM
This brick building was used by the ministry elders. Each member of the ministry had to perform daily manual labor such as shoe making or tailoring. Elder Chauncey Copeley a cabinet maker, worked in a wing added to the building in 1850. . . . — — Map (db m115660) HM
The plants in this garden are some of the herbs used and sold by The Watervliet Shaker Community during the 1800's. The community grew large "Botanical/Physic" gardens and also gathered many wild herbs for use in their business of selling dried . . . — — Map (db m115658) HM
This Meeting House, or Church, was built in 1848 to replace an earlier (1791) and much smaller Meeting House. It demonstrates many typical characteristics of Shaker architecture; double doors, one for men and one for women; a large meeting room . . . — — Map (db m115663) HM
On this location was a large 3 1/2 sto[r]y stone building. Here Shaker Sisters did spinning, weaving, and sewing. Journal entries indicate that Sister Polly wove 3350 Shaker bonnets in this building.
The building was the only stone building . . . — — Map (db m115656) HM
On this site once stood the first Poor House in the United States.
Community care for the poor was an important feature of Dutch society, and it took root here in Albany as the city was settled in the first half of the 1600s.
. . . — — Map (db m116696) HM
Why is Albany Here?
Mohawk and Mahican peoples inhabited this region for thousands of years when the Dutch ship the Half Moon dropped anchor near this spot in 1609.
At that time, the world was in the midst of a "Little Ice . . . — — Map (db m116700) HM
Shaker Creek provided water for both the canning and laundry operations. The first laundry, done on December 12, 1859, used a steam powered washing machine. Albany County used the building for laundry until the mid 1980s. Today it is a workshop. . . . — — Map (db m115674) HM
Welcome to Altamont
The Village of Altamont and its immediate surroundings were once part of a tract of land deeded in 1630 by the Dutch West India Company to Killian Van Rensselaer (c. 1586-1643),a wealthy 17th century Dutch . . . — — Map (db m132693) HM
The Altamont Hose Company No. 1 was organized in May 1893, with 25 citizens appointed as members by the Village Trustees. The Company's first location was rented space at the Temperance Hall on Lincoln Avenue. In 1926, the Company . . . — — Map (db m131453) HM
Few settlers ventured into the wilderness prior to the War of Independence. Roads were barely expanded trails between settlements. The Great Western Turnpike (now US Route 20) carried travelers west from Albany. Following ancient . . . — — Map (db m133581) HM
St. Johns Lutheran Church, designed by Albany architect Charles Nichols and built by contractor George Rockefeller in 1871-72 was the first church built in Knowersville. The original church building was 42 x 62 feet and, completely . . . — — Map (db m131427) HM
The Fredendall Funeral Home is the oldest continuously operated business in Altamont. In 1877, cabinet maker John Thierolf arrived in the village from Albany and soon established a thriving furniture business. Wood crafters were often . . . — — Map (db m145181) HM
George Severson (1766-1813), a grandson of Jurrian Severson, one of the area's first settlers, built the Wayside Inn ca. 1785 along the wagon track that is now Main Street. The site of the Inn was approximately half way between the . . . — — Map (db m145191) HM
( east face )
Built by Bogardus c.1803.
Adam A. Clark House 1822-1838.
John Crookes House 1864-1868.
Morgan E. Barber House 1882-1918.
Burned in Great Fire of 1918.
( west face . . . — — Map (db m142472) HM
There is abundant evidence of Indian occupation on Peebles and Van Schaick Islands. Hammerstones and projectile points have been discovered and suggest that early tribes lived in this area. Archeologists uncovered a number of early hearths here . . . — — Map (db m115382) HM
You are looking at the northern tip of Van Schaick Island. The Hudson River flows to the east, and the third and fourth branches of the Mohawk River flow around the rest of this rocky island.
Dutch merchants Philip Pietersen Schuyler and Goosen . . . — — Map (db m115371) HM
Settled On and After
1704 By The
Vischer Weaver Witbeck
Lansing Powell Runkle
Dunsbach Lieverse Staats
Roff Godfrey Van O Linde
Groesbeck Van Vranken Fero
Van De Mark Van Denburgh
Johnson Pollock Storms
Fonda and . . . — — Map (db m24731) HM
The Elsmere Train Station
The hamlet of Elsmere represents the influence
which railroads had on the growth of suburban
communities. In 1863, when the first A&S Railroad train left Adams Station for Albany, the area now known as Elsmere . . . — — Map (db m185915) HM
Fields of Indian Corn and Potatoes
The surrounding landscape was very different on
September 15, 1863, when the first Albany and
Susquehanna train rolled through from Albany to
Central Bridge. Passengers saw only farm fields of Indian corn . . . — — Map (db m185911) HM
The land now occupied by the City of Watervliet is part of a tract purchased by the first Patroon, Kiliaen van Rensselaer in 1630 from the Mohican or River Indians. The tract was within a large area on the west side of the Hudson River named Wely's . . . — — Map (db m58228) HM
Founded 1805 by Judge Phillip Church; named for his
mother Angelica Schuyler Church, a sister-in-law of
Alexander Hamilton. Judge Church designed the Park
Circle with public buildings on the perimeter and the
Town Park in the center. Angelica . . . — — Map (db m159374) HM
The area around Scio was first settled around 1805 by Joseph Knight, a minuteman in the American Revolution. Knights Creek, which flows into the Genesee River near Scio, is named for him. Before getting its final name, Scio was called Bloods Corner . . . — — Map (db m175123) HM
Perhaps nothing contributed more to the growth of Wellsville than the arrival of the Erie RR in 1851. The railroad brought many new families and businesses to our area and the population almost doubled in size. The old depot was on Loder Street at . . . — — Map (db m175134) HM
In 1832 a group of leaders met at Van Buren's Tavern to choose a name for their community. They selected "Wellsville" after Gardiner Wells who was one of the first settlers and the largest landowner. Wells built the first log house on Main Street . . . — — Map (db m175133) HM
From 1845 to 1905, Wellsville was home to several tanneries that were reported to be the largest in the world. They provided work for hundreds of people in lumbering and tanning. Hemlock bark was used in the tanning process and was stacked in huge . . . — — Map (db m175132) HM
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