Walking Tours

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Explore the Stockade Historic District with guided and self-guided walking tours!

Schenectady’s Stockade is a national jewel, boasting the highest concentration of historic period homes in the nation. For over 300 years Schenectadians have called the Stockade home, and the streets are alive today with the stories and legends of Schenectady’s past. Join us on a walking tour and 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.

Private Guided Walking Tours

Join one of our friendly guides for a private one-hour walking tour of the Stockade! Our private tours are great for groups and families, and offer an intimate look at the Stockade’s fascinating history, culture, and architecture. Minimum of six people required for private tours; advance registration required. $8.00 (includes visit to Museum). Please contact Mary Zawacki at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org to arrange yours!

 SECRET STOCKADE: A Historic Tour and Lunch

Discover the Stockade and its secrets with a walking tour, lunch at historic Arthur’s Market, a peek inside a private 1820s Stockade home, and a visit to the Schenectady History Museum. SECRET STOCKADE is about three hours long, including a lunch stop.

Cost: Tickets are $20, and include guided tours of both the Schenectady History Museum and the Stockade, as well as lunch at Arthur’s Market.


July 5 at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
August 2 at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM
September 6 at 11:00 AM
October 4 at 11:00 AM

Tickets: Please note that we do not issue physical tickets for our walking tours. Upon payment, you will be registered for the tour, and we will check you in when you arrive. Secret Stockade walking tours meet at 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady


See Schenectady on a 2017 Walking Tour!


Architecture on Union Street Walking Tour
May 19 @ 11 am
Meets at St John’s Church
Union St boasts some of the city’s finest architecture! Explore Union with us as we discover the stories of the street’s historic, charming, and just plain weird buildings. Pre-registration required. Join us for a special lunch at Manahattan Exchange afterwards!

Black Heritage in Schenectady: A Walking Tour
June 3 @ 10 am
Uncover the Stockade’s African American history with us. The historic Stockade has been a hub of diversity since Schenectady’s founding, and African Americans played a part in shaping the landscape and culture of the neighborhood.

Scandalous Schenectady
June 8 @ 6:30 pm
From bootleggers to brothels, Schenectady’s Stockade is no stranger to scandal. Join us for a walking tour of Schenectady’s sordid moments, and stay late for a drink special at the reputed Stockade Inn!

Colonial Schenectady
June 24 @ 10 am
Explore the Stockade Historic District’s fascinating colonial history, culture, and architecture with our Discover Colonial Schenectady walking tour!
Travel back in time with us to the founding of the colony up through the American Revolution and learn about the characters and events that formed this historic community.

Jewish Schenectady
A Walking Tour
Thursday July 13 @ 6pm
Join us as we explore Schenectady’s Jewish heritage.  Discover the origins of Jewish Schenectady, learn of notable Jewish community members, and the history of local Jewish congregations. So, get your torches up and come for a mahalak!

Walking tours are approximately one hour long, and (unless otherwise noted) begin and end at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady. Join us after most tours for light refreshments and a look at current exhibitions in the Schenectady History Museum. Tickets are $8, and advance registration is usually required.


Which tour?

Candlelight Walking Tours

Candlelight Walking Tours will be back for 2017! Join us as we explore the historic Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood’s haunting past! Please remember to bring a flashlight with you! For more information contact office@schenectadyhistorical.org.

Candlelight Walking Tours meet at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305. Parking is available at the YWCA, next door. Please meet us inside the museum — entrance is in the back of the building.

Candlelight Walking Tours are co-sponsored by the Schenectady Heritage Foundation