For history lovers, one of the loveliest concentrations of early-American architecture is right here under our noses, in Schenectady's Stockade district.
The neighborhood includes about 40 homes built before 1825, including some wonderful examples of early Dutch architecture.
With its lovely shade trees and narrow streets, it’s a perfect summertime walk.
The Stockade gets its name from the fence around the Dutch settlement more than 300 years ago. The district is bounded by the Mohawk River to the north, the Binnekill to the west, North College Street to the east and on Union Street to the south.
You can meander the neighborhood on your own or explore with the aid of a cellphone walking tour (just call 518-387-3282).
Better yet, take one of the tours offered by the Schenectady Historical Society, on Washington Street in the Stockade. The society’s offers special interest tours year round, including their grand “Secret Stockade” tours and lunches, scheduled this year for Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. Check the society’s website for more details.