The Saratoga Country History Roundtable is set to sponsor a walking tour of the Vischer Ferry Historic District on Saturday, July 27 at 10 am. The Tour will be led by Clifton Park Historian John Scherer.
The Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It is a typical Erie Canal hamlet with a high concentration of Greek revival homes constructed by canal boat builders who worked at the two Erie Canal dry docks located in the hamlet.
Tour participants will learn about the Erie Canal and the growth it brought to what had been a sleepy hamlet settled by the Dutch in the mid-eighteenth century. The tour will explore architecture styles from Clifton Park’s oldest home, built by Nicholas Vischer in 1740, to a large Queen Anne Victorian home constructed in 1902. There will be stories of some interesting characters who once roamed the streets of Vischer Ferry, and at the conclusion of the tour there will be lunch available at the restored Vischer Ferry General Store.
Parking for the tour is located at the at the store and across the street at the fire house.
Photo Vischer Ferry Historic District sign courtesy Saratoga County History Roundtable.