The Bier Abby is nestled in a row of brown stones and is within walking distance of Union College. In fact many students walked by, in shorts and flip flops, on this the first day to hit 70 degrees. My husband’s burger and my pastrami sandwich tasted delicious, and my local hard cider, 9 Pin Hard Cider, was yummy.
We parked near the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, founded by the first Dutch Settlers around 1680. The building you see here was built in 1862 after a broom fire on Cucumber Alley destroyed the prior 1814 structure. The current building, in high Gothic Revival style. was built out of purple-gray brownstone.
Built prior to 1700 by Hendrick Brouwer, this house at 14 N. Church Street is believed to be the oldest in the city. It underwent a Federal style makeover in 1850, which is why it doesn’t look Dutch. It contains numerous secret closets, hide-away rooms, and an underground passage leading to the river.
26 Front Street, the birthplace of Governor Joseph Yates (1768), was constructed in 1735. However, the entire front and interior were remodeled in 1891 in the Victorian style. Christopher Yates, Joseph’s father, served as Colonel in the French and Indian War, and later as Lt. Colonel in the Revolutionary War.
|St. George’s Episcopal Church, oldest church building in Schenectady|
We turned the corner off of Front St. onto Ferry and could see the impressive St. George’s Episcopal Church up ahead on our left. Thought to be the oldest church building in Schenectady, construction began in 1759 in the English Georgian style. Builders laid locally quarried stone in an attractive, random pattern (see photo below). Built to serve the growing British garrison stationed within the Stockade (pre-Revolutionary war, obviously), patriots later used it as a Continental Army barracks during the Revolutionary War.
One of the first signs of spring, snowdrops always remind me of England because their arrival is always heralded. All botanical milestones are fully appreciated on the British Isles (smile).
The shapes of these ancient grave stones differ so from those we currently use. These are so elegant, and the script, of course is so beautiful. All from a bygone era.
This is Lawrence, a Mohawk Indian, who took pity on the survivors of the 1690 Algonquin-British massacre, and encouraged them to rebuild, which they did. He’s located in the middle of a tiny round-about right in the Stockade.
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