Walking Tours

Explore the Stockade Historic District’s fascinating history, culture, and architecture 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.


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Jewish Schenectady: A Walking Tour
Join the Schenectady County Historical Society on Thursday, August 11th at 6:00 PM as we explore the Jewish heritage of Schenectady by taking a walking tour of the Stockade! Discover the origins of the Jewish diaspora in Schenectady, learn the stories of notable Jewish community members, and the history of Jewish congregations in the region. So, get your toches up and come for a mahalak to learn the Jewish history of this historic city!
The tour lasts approximately 1 hour, with easy walking, and costs $7.00, free for SCHS members, and meets at the SCHS, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305. For more information, or to reserve a spot, please contact Mary Zawacki at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org
Secret Stockade: A Historic Tour and Lunch
Discover the Stockade and its secrets on the first Wednesday of each month* 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. Pre-registration is required, please purchase tickets below, or contact Mary Zawacki at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org.

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Schenectady Suds: A Historic Beer Tour through the Stockade District

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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 culture, from the Colonial era to today’s craft brew revival. The tour concludes with a tasting and tour at Mad Jack Brewery!

Candlelight Walking Tours

candlelight tourCandlelight Walking Tours are back for 2016! Join us as we explore the historic Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood’s haunting past!

Tours will be held on October 14, 21, and 28 at 7:00pm and 7:30pm. Choose the Colonial or the Victorian Tour, or come two nights and try them both! The museum will be open after each tour to see the exhibits, enjoy some refreshments, and hear live old-time music from local musicians.

Tickets will be available online in September. For more information contact exhibits@schenectadyhistorical.org.

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

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 four people for private tours; advance registration required. $8.00 (includes visit to Museum).

Inside Schenectady’s Armory: Behind-the-scenes tour & coffee
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Join us this fall for a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Schenectady’s Armory! Explore the rich history of armories in Schenectady, and discover the secrets and stories held in the Armory today! Afterwards, join us for coffee and donuts. Tickets are $12.00, and can be purchased below. Please note that the Schenectady Armory is not handicapped-accessible.

For more info, please contact 518-374-0263 x4 or

This program is presented in partnership with Legere Restorations