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Schodack's Enduring Heritage
Knox Trail Honor Walk in Schodack on April 12, 2012.
During the winter of 1775-1776, Colonel Henry Knox left Boston, marched to New York's Fort Ticonderoga, and - with a team of men and oxen - hauled more than 50 tons of cannons and other arms back to Boston's Dorchester Heights. The threat of these cannons firing on British ships in Boston harbor led to the British evacuation of Boston, a major victory for the fledging Continental Army.
In 1926, New York and Massachusetts began installing commemorative markers that traced the so-called "Knox Trail" at locations in the two states. There is a marker at the intersection of Routes 9 & 20 in Schodack and one at the Greenbush Reformed Church on Route 20 in East Greenbush.
Staff members of Patriots of the American Revolution Magazine will walk the Knox Trail from April 6 to April 18, 2012. They expect to be in East Greenbush and Schodack on April 12. Please take this opportunity to watch them pass through our community.
ABOUT THE HISTORIAN'S OFFICE
My office is located on the second floor of the town hall. The files of the Historical Society of Esquatak are also stored in the historian's office. Office hours are on Thursdays from 8:30 until 1:00 pm or by appointment. Please stop in to visit or contact me for research about any questions you may have on Schodack history at 477-7939, extension 316 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The meeting room/courtroom has a large display of historic photographs from several localities within the town including East Schodack, South Schodack, Schodack Centre, Castleton, Muitzeskill, Schodack Depot (Brookview) and Schodack Landing. Each grouping of photographs is centered with a reproduction of an 1876 map from Beers Atlas of Rensselaer County, as well as a map of the whole town from the same atlas. The photographs of each locality do not date from 1876 but from a few decades later, mostly the 1880s through the early 1900s.
The hallway to the town court office has a display of the early one-room schoolhouses in the town. A group of historic photographs of the Albany Southern Railroad, an interurban line that ran through the town, is located on the third floor of the town hall. Also on the third floor is a display of photographs showing country life in simpler times.
The next time you are in the town hall take a few minutes to enjoy a glimpse of the "good, old days" in the town of Schodack.
Rich in history, Schodack was settled by the Dutch soon after Henry Hudson's exploration of the Hudson River in 1609. Before the Dutch came, the land was farmed and hunted by Indians of the Mohican tribe. The hamlet of Schodack Landing, which was an early center of river trade, still contains many old homes and is listed as a National Historic Site. Many of Schodack's long-time residents are of Dutch descent. The Town celebrated its Bicentennial in 1995.
Artifacts from the Miller House (ca 1650), as they were displayed at the old Town Hall
The interest heightened by Bicentennial activities continues, as evidenced by ongoing work of archiving and cataloguing contemporary records of "current events" for future generations, and by exhibits (like that above) designed to highlight Schodack's past.
Diane Hutchinson, Historian
Town Hall Office Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm except Holidays. Note that some departments operate additional hours as listed on their pages
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