Tuesday, June 30, 2015

History Along the Mohawk

Dave and I have lived in this area our whole lives...he grew up on one side of the river, and I grew up on the other. It's hard to believe that neither one of us have ever explored the Stockade area of Schenectady, which is almost in our backyard. There is so much history here with it being settled in the late 1600's by the the Dutch, and there are still around 200 of the old homes still left. There was a huge massacre and the stockaded village was burned in the year 1690. A statue of 'Lawrence' is in the center of the area to honor the Indian who encouraged the settlers to rebuild.

Dave brought his bike down to the beautiful riverfront park and while he rode around, I did some investigating on foot.

I came across this old wall along the waterfront and wondered how old it was.

Look Mom, you could live on Green Street here too.

You can really see the Dutch influence in the building architecture.

The First Reformed Church has records dating back to 1680! 

I was really impressed with how many of the old homes have been kept up and many of sidewalks were still slate. Maintenance must be difficult, especially since it is flood prone from the rising waters of the Mohawk River.

The doorways were so picturesque...

For a complete history lesson about the Stockade click HERE. It really is interesting!

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