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Clifton Park adds two homes to its historic register

Clifton Park adds two homes to its historic register

One dates to 1797
Clifton Park adds two homes to its historic register
This house at 91 English Road has been added to Clifton Park's historic register.
Photographer: Erica Miller

Clifton Park -- The town has added two more homes to its historic register.

The homes -- 393 Vischer Ferry Road and 91 English Road -- were added to the register by two resolutions unanimously approved by the Town Board.

The house at 393 Vischer Ferry Road was the Nanning and Phebe Vischer House, which was built around 1828 on land owned by Nicholas Vischer and his son, Nanning, who lived there with his wife, Phebe, and their 12 children until 1856. 

The house was originally located on a 100-acre farm, but over the years the property was subdivided and the house now stands on a two-acre lot. The home, according to the resolution, retains the original paneling surrounding the dining room fireplace, an original stairway, doors, woodwork and an early fireplace in the cellar.

The second house at 91 English Road, named the Henry and Hannah Baker house, was constructed in 1797, with the Bakers living in the home until 1819. 

They sold their 126-acre farm and the home has passed through a number of owners to the current owner.

The Baker house has its original front doorway and the original entire second floor.

Town Supervisor Phil Barrett lauded the town’s Historic Commission, which works to evaluate and get more homes on the register. The historic register, he said, would not exist without homeowners who are willing to work with the town.

The town’s historic register is made up of homes that have a significant history or impact in the town. Residents who live in such homes, in order to get on the register, allow members of the town’s Historic Commission to tour their homes to document the history and architecture of the buildings.

“We have a very active historic preservation commission,” Barrett said.

“The volunteers devote a tremendous amount of their time, energy and passion to preserving history here in Clifton Park,” said town Councilman James Whalen, the Town Board’s liaison to the commission. “I always say, you’re sharing your home with all of Clifton Park, and we appreciate that and respect that.”

There are 66  locations on the town’s historic register with the addition of the two homes.

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