Our time in Schenectady, New York.
You can take the train to the area. Amtrak took us there in three hours.
Schenectady sits along the Mohawk River in the state of New York. It has many historical sites, as it is an area that was settled by Europeans long before the Revolutionary War. In fact, it has homes that were built before that war.
The Stockade district is where you can find these homes.
While you can
tour the area independently, there are also guided tours. While you are visiting this area, take a rest at Riverside Park. You can sit and watch the sunset or rent a bicycle and go for a ride along the Mohawk River.
While walking through this district, you might come across the statue of Lawrence the Indian. In 1690, this Christian Mohawk helped the colonists after the Queen’s Fort Massacre in February of that year. He was also one of the “most relentless trackers” who went after the French and other Native Americans who attacked the peaceful village.
New York State has many venerable institutions of higher learning. One of them is Union College, which sits on about a hundred and twenty acres. Eight of those acres were set aside for what is now the “oldest continuously gardened botanical garden on a U.S. campus.”
Jackson’s Garden was started by Lawrence Jackson. It is believed he got the assignment because the math professor had dyspepsia. The president of the school apparently thought that the work would help soothe the problem.
Very few public gardens of this nature that were started before 1850 survive at their original locations. Part of the reason for that would be both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Of course, no Civil War battles were fought in the state, but further south it laid waste to large parts of the country.
Another site to see at Union College is Nott Memorial Hall. The building is almost ninety feet in diameter and has sixteen sides, making it fairly close to circular. Colored glass in the dome adds to the ambience of the facility.
On the outside there is an inscription in Hebrew. The quote is from the Talmud and says, “The day is short, the work is great, the reward is much, the Lord is urgent.” It was renovated in the mid-nineties and reopened in time for the college’s bicentennial.
There are many other things to do in the city of Schenectady. Book lovers will want to check out Open Door, a locally owned independent book store. While it has something for every reader, it has an impressive number of children’s books and literature.
Theater lovers will also find something to entertain them. Proctor’s Theater, which was built in 1926, is still giving performances. It is a beautiful setting with four performance spaces. There is sure to be something available for those who enjoy live performances.
With a city as old as this, there are all kinds of places to find something to do or something to eat.