Welcome to the historic Stockade, a residential neighborhood in one of America’s oldest cities, Schenectady, New York. The Stockade was designated New York State’s first Historic District in 1962. The cell phone walking tour features stops along the streets of the original Stockade. Each stop tells a unique story about the architecture and people who helped shape Schenectady’s 350 year history. Here is the detailed tour guide with instructions: Stockade Audiotour Brochure
Thanks to a community of history buffs and farsighted keepers of photos and history archives, a team of neighbors have been able to create a virtual trip around the hood. If you’ve been a resident for 100 years you may remember street cars and horse drawn vehicles. You may recognize a building on N. Church that was moved to Green St. to make room for a new Colonial Arms, and rooftops and windows that were transformed and modernized.
In addition to the walking tour there is a virtual video tour The Historic Stockade video tour Video Tour is the latest version of cellphone walking tour first launched in July 2012. The tour integrates the unique history and architecture of the Historic District with the newest cell phone and web technology. The video tour allows residents and visitors to select from the list of stops, view over 80 photos then and now of Stockade locations and listen to narratives about each site.
Funding for this project was made possible in part by a grant from Schenectady County Legislature through its County Initiative Program and the Stockade Association.