Walking Tours

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Schenectady’s Stockade is a national jewel, boasting the highest concentration of historic period homes in the nation. Join us on a walking tour of the Stockade and beyond to discover the beauty and history of America’s oldest residential neighborhood!

Please visit the Stockade Association’s Audiotour Brochure for information and details on self-guided walking tour of the Stockade.

SECRET STOCKADE: All New for 2018!

The Stockade and its secrets come to life on this behind-the-scenes journey through the neighborhood. Join us for a morning of mysteries as our guide leads us from the museum, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments will be served inside the Stockade’s oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours, and meets at 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady NY 12305 at 10AM the morning of your tour.

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2018 Tours

Schenectady Suds Beer Tour
Thursday, June 21 – 6:30pm @ 32 W

Take a walk along what was once known as “Brewer’s Street,” looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today’s craft brew revival.

The walking tour is approximately one hour long, begins at the SCHS, and concludes with a pint and tour with the brewers at Mad Jack Brewery / The Van Dyck Restaurant (pint included in the price!) Join us before the tour for a look at current exhibitions in the Schenectady History Museum. Tickets are $15 and include a pint at the Van Dyck. Advance registration is required. 21+ please!

Scandalous Schenectady
Thursday, June 28 – 7pm @ 32 W
Friday, Aug 31 – 7pm @ 32 W

Every city has its fair share of scandal! This tour through the historic Stockade recalls some of Schenectady’s more nefarious characters. Bold bootlegging, cruel kidnappings and maybe even a few mysterious murders…this tour has it all! $10; pre-registration required.


Scotia Secrets Walking Tour

Saturday, July 7 – 10am

Meeting at Collins Park at the corner of Mohawk Avenue and Schonowee Avenue

A brand new tour for 2018, this tour takes you for a historic stroll through Scotia. This idyllic town traces its roots back to 1655, even before Schenectady itself. Join us as we explore the village and go behind-the-scenes at the Abraham Glen House as well as the village Fire Department! $10; pre-registration required.


Tales & Treasures at the home of Marilyn Sassi, Antique Expert
Saturday, Sept 15 – 2pm

An intimate and rare opportunity to visit one of the finest houses in the Mohawk Valley. Marilyn Sassi is an expert in regional antiques, and her Stockade home is magnificently appointed. We’ll spend about 90 minutes with Marilyn as she guides us through centuries of Mohawk Valley antiques, each imbued with its own mysterious tales. Drinks and light fare will follow at the Brouwer House. $35 and space is highly limited.

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GE Realty Plot Walking Tour
Tuesday, June 26 – 10am

It’s elegant, it’s shady, and it’s filled with firsts! Schenectady City Historian, Chris Leonard, will lead us on a walking tour of the historic GE Realty Plot neighborhood. Discover dynamic events and the unique cast of characters who have called “The Plot” their home. The tour includes stories and anecdotes about GE notables, as well as the formation of The Plot and ongoing efforts to protect these stately homes.

Tickets are $20/person, and include entry into one of the homes, with a break for refreshments on its large front porch. The tour meets at Steinmetz Memorial Park on Wendell Avenue, next to the Unitarian Church (1221 Wendell Ave). (Not Steinmetz Park on Rosa Road). To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=73J5YTKCFV7TY or call 518 225-2924.

Candlelight Walking Tours

Candlelight Walking Tours are back with all new tales for 2018! Join us as we explore the historic Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood’s haunting past! Tickets are $12, advanced purchase required, and include entry to museum and refreshments and live music from 8-9pm after the tour. Please remember to bring a flashlight with you!

Fridays October 12, 19, & 26 @ 7:00 & 7:30pm. Candlelight Walking Tours are co-sponsored by the Schenectady Heritage Foundation. Tickets will be available in September.

Private Guided Walking Tours

Join one of our friendly guides for a private one-hour walking tour of the Stockade. Minimum of eight people required for private tours; advance registration required. $10.00 (includes visit to Museum). Please contact Michael Diana at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org to arrange yours!