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 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.


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 and run approximately three hours long.


See Schenectady on a 2017 Walking Tour!

Schenectady Suds: A Walking/Drinking Tour
Thursdays September 14, 21, and 28 @ 6pm
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!


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