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Schenectady’s Stockade is the perfect base of operations to see some of the most historic and interesting places in America. The Stockade, which was the western most outpost of civilization in 1661, was later at the epicenter of American colonial history.

Easily reached from Boston, New York, Buffalo and Montreal, by car, bus and train, the Stockade is in the center of all the attractions of the  Mohawk and Hudson Valleys which were the highways and battlefields of Colonial America.

Take a walking tour of the Stockade, including the beautiful Riverside Park along the Mohawk River.

You can also walk to historic Union College and its beautiful Jackson Gardens, or you can walk or bicycle the Erie Canal-way trail. Also close by is  the 17th century Mabee farm in nearby Rotterdam, and other Schenectady historic treasures (see links above).

Our neighborhood is home to a 195 year old inn and a charming bed and breakfast. We also host a historic jazz club  where great performers like Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk have performed.   There is a cozy coffee house with entertainment. Within walking distance in Schenectady’s vibrant downtown are Broadway shows at Proctors, recognized as one of the premier historic theaters in America.

Nearby attractions are found in Albany where the historic State Capitol is located, Saratoga, home of the Saratoga Battlefield, the turning point in the American Revolution, and the rest of the historic and beautiful Mohawk Valley.

Further afield, but still an easy day trip, are the  Adirondack Park , the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Historic Vermont and the Berkshires are also only a couple of hours away.

If you love architecture and old buildings, history, beautiful pastoral scenery or museums there is no better place to spend a long weekend or a week than Schenectady’s Stockade. Of course, it is even better to live there!

 

Suggested Reading

“Story of the Schenectady Massacre”, by John J. Birch et al (on-line-book)

“Drums Along the Mohawk”, by Walter D. Edmonds

” Walls Have Ears”, by Giles Yates Van der Bogert (on-line-book)

” The Deerslayer”, by James Fenimore Cooper

” Schenectady’s Stockade”,by Don Rittner

” Enclave of Elegance”, by Dr. Bruce Maston

” Saratoga: Turning Point of America’s Revolutionary War”, by Richard M. Ketchum