History of Schenectady

Statue in Historic Schenectady, NY Located in eastern New York State near the joining of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, Schenectady NY is deep-rooted in history and culture dating back to the 1600s.

Notable Dates

  • 1661: First settled by the Dutch Colony
  • 1690: The Schenectady Massacre occurred when France and their Indian allies attacked and burned the town and killing all but 60 inhabitants
  • 1795: Union College was founded
  • 1809: Schenectady County was formed
  • 1887: Edison Machine Works was moved to Schenectady by Thomas Edison
  • 1892: GE made its headquarters in Schenectady NY
  • 1940: The first television broadcast was relayed to WRGB in Schenectady, NY, establishing the first television network
  • 1969: American Locomotive Company closes its plant in Schenectady which was one of the factors that caused the city's population to decline by nearly a third since the mid-1900s

Historic Places in Schenectady County NY on the National Register of Historic Places

Delanson

  • Christman Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary - Delanson
  • Delanson Historic District - Delanson
  • Jenkins House - Delanson

Duanesburg

  • Abrahams Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Avery Farmhouse - Duanseburg
  • Becker Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Braman, Joseph, House - Duanesburg
  • Chadwick Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Chapman Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Christ Episcopal Church - Duanesburg
  • Duane Mansion - Duanesburg
  • Duanesburg-Florida Baptist Church - Duanesburg
  • Eatons Corners Historic District - Duanesburg
  • Ferguson Farm Complex - Duanesburg
  • Gaige Homestead - Duanesburg
  • Gilbert Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Green, Joseph, Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Halladay Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Hawes Homestead - Duanesburg
  • Howard, George W., Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Howard Homestead - Duanesburg
  • Jenkins Octagon House - Duanesburg
  • Jones, A.D. (Boss), House - Duanesburg
  • Ladd Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Lasher, George, House - Duanesburg
  • Liddle, Alexander, Farmhouse - Duanesburg
  • Liddle, Thomas, Farm Complex - Duanesburg
  • Macomber Stone House - Duanesburg
  • Mariaville Historic District - Duanesburg
  • North Mansion and Tenant House - Duanesburg
  • Quaker Street Historic District - Duanesburg
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church Parsonage - Duanesburg

Niskayuna

  • Jones, George Westinghouse, House - Niskayuna
  • Niskayuna Reformed Church - Niskayuna

Rotterdam

  • Mabee House - Rotterdam Junction
Schenectady:
  • Barney, H. S., Building - Schenectady
  • Brandywine Avenue School - Schenectady
  • Central Fire Station - Schenectady
  • Dellemont-Wemple Farm - Schenectady
  • Franklin School - Schenectady
  • General Electric Realty Plot - Schenectady
  • General Electric Research Laboratory - Schenectady
  • Hotel Foster (Foster Building) - Schenectady
  • Hotel Van Curler (Elston Hall of Schenectady County Community College) - Schenectady
  • Langmuir, Irving, House - Schenectady
  • Nott Memorial Hall - Union College
  • Proctor, F. F., Theatre and Arcade - Schenectady
  • Schenectady Armory - Schenectady

Scotia:

  • Schenectady County Public Library (Glen, Abraham, House) - Scotia

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