Walking Tours

13754154_10100972390024670_2813756231710471732_nExplore 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 eight people required for private tours; advance registration required. $8.00 (includes visit to Museum). Please contact Michael Diana at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org to arrange yours!

Candlelight Walking Tours

Fridays October 13, 20, & 27 @ 7:00 & 7:30pm

Join us as we explore the Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood’s haunting Colonial or Victorian past! Both tours are full of frights and fun, and focus on different periods of Stockade spooks. Tickets are $12, advanced purchase required, and include entry to museum and refreshments and live music after the tour.


Please remember to bring a flashlight with you! For more information contact educator@schenectadyhistorical.org. Candlelight Walking Tours meet at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305. On-street parking is available throughout the Stockade. 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.

Friday 10/20 tours are sold out.

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. If the tour you select is sold out, please select an alternate tour.

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SECRET STOCKADE: A Historic Tour and Lunch

* Sold out for 2017. Please check back for 2018 dates!

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



Schenectady Suds: Historic Beer Tour of the Stockade District

* Sold out for 2017. Please check back for 2018 dates!

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!