The Schenectady County Historical Society has announced a number of walking tours set to begin in May. Popular tours like “Scandalous Schenectady” and “Schenectady Suds” will return this summer, along with new tours that explore hot spots like Little Italy, State and Jay Streets, and downtown Scotia.
Nestled along the banks of the Mohawk River, Schenectady began as a humble trading port on the fringes of the colonial world. Today, it is a community defined by a storied past. A visitor might walk the shady avenues past parks, churches and gated gardens. Set in brick, stone, and wooden clapboard, the facades of Schenectady are a colorful and eclectic mix of architectural styles. Colonial, Victorian, Gothic Revival, and more are on display throughout the city.
As picturesque as the view is from outside, the real treasures are often within. Schenectady residents appreciate the significance of their homes, and do their best to maintain the historic character. Each house has a remarkable history, some of it shrouded in mystery, while the rest lives on through memories, tall tales and diligently researched histories.
One such house with a remarkable past and equally remarkable resident can be found at 23 Washington Avenue, a white-washed federal style row house dating to the 1820s. There, Sylvie Briber and her husband Bob have lived for more than 20 years. Now, in conjunction with SCHS, Sylvie will be opening her home to the public on this year’s Secret Stockade Tours, for a unique Saturday experience. From May to October of 2019, on the first Saturday of each month, the Secret Stockade tours will celebrate local history.
Tour reservations are required. Dates, pricing and registration are available here.
Photo of Schenectady walking tour participants provided by Schenectady County Historical Society.