Mabee Farm Historic Site


The oldest farm in the Mohawk Valley (1705), Mabee Farm Historic Site offers visitors today vibrant educational and recreational opportunities. With its deep history and riverside beauty, it’s the perfect place to explore Mohawk Valley heritage.

Walk across weathered pine floors in the home of settlers Jan and Annetje. Say hello to our resident farm animals. Ogle the hand-pegged Dutch Barn (1760s) or just meander through our orchards, gardens, and forest trails. Tied to the dock or parked behind the Dutch Barn sit our reproduction 18th century bateaux, giving visitors an idea of how goods were shipped up and down the river when Schenectady was America’s frontier.

Mabee Farm is also home year-round to interactive exhibitions, lecture series, workshops, and school programs plus extensive historical collections.

Address: 1100 Main Street (Route 5s), Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150
Phone: 518-887-5073
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM; guided tours are at 11am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm.
Admission: $10; children, students (with ID), and SCHS members free

Group Visits: For larger families and special groups, we recommend booking your tour or visit in advance by calling 518-887-5073.

Accessibility: The grounds, Franchere Education Center, and all historic buildings with the exception of the Brick House are wheelchair accessible.

Museum & Library

Nestled in the heart of Schenectady’s Stockade Historic District (described by the National Park Service as “the highest concentration of historic period homes in the country”) is the Schenectady History Museum and the Grems-Doolittle Library.

Join us throughout the year to take a walking tour of the Stockade and beyond. Or, come in to meet a renowned speaker and check out our interactive exhibits that tell the stories of Schenectady.

The Museum is the perfect starting point for discovering the history of Schenectady County. Through programs and interactive exhibits, visitors can explore how Schenectady County has changed over the years.

Adjacent to the Schenectady History Museum is the Grems-Doolittle Library, the perfect spot for researching Schenectady history!

Address: 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 518-374-0263
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM and Saturday, 10AM – 2PM
Admission: $5.00; children, students (with ID), and SCHS members free
Payment is accepted via cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard

Group Visits: For larger families and special groups, we recommend booking your tour or visit in advance by calling 518-374-0263.

Accessibility: The first floor of 32 Washington Avenue, including the library and the main floor of the museum, is wheelchair accessible; exhibits on the second floor of the museum are not currently wheelchair-accessible.

Parking: A small lot is directly beside the main entrance. Alternately, visitors can park in the YWCA lot next door.D

The Brouwer House

Schenectady’s oldest home, the Brouwer House is at vibrant centerpiece of Schenectady city culture, filled with authentic character. The 1730s home is the only colonial-era Schenectady house open to the public, and possesses evocative, walled gardens.The Brouwer House is a creative space for arts and culture in Schenectady. Currently, we’re happy to have Sweet Sprig, the NorthEast Theatre Ensemble, Deborah Angilletta Fine Art, and the Electric City Food Co-op working within our doors. The house is open by appointment, and occasionally for special events. The property can also be rented for receptions, weddings, and garden parties.

Address: 14 N Church Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: 518-374-0263
Hours: By appointment only

Holiday Closings

All Schenectady County Historical Society sites are closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday-Sunday), Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

Weather-Related Closings

SCHS occasionally closes if the weather is particularly bad. Please call ahead in the event of storms to ensure we are open!