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The annual Stockade Walkabout is one of the best ways to see the historic district. – Downtown Schenectady Improvement Association

Schenectady was first settled by the Dutch in 1661 as a part of the New Netherland Colony. The name "Schenectady" is said to be derived from the Mohawk word for "on the side of the pinery," referring to what today is called the Pine Bush. The English seized the New Netherlands colony in 1664 and renamed it New York. Additional land was purchased from the Mohawks in the 1670's as the settlement expanded. Schenectady quickly became a frontier trading community with tribes of the Iroquois Nation. Schenectady was attacked by the French and their Indian allies in 1690. The settlement was reconstructed with a stockade.

Schenectady was incorporated as a borough in 1765 and as a city in 1798. Union College was founded in 1795 taking it's name from the union of several religous bodies coming together to form a non religous school.

In the 1800's Schenectady became an important transportation center connecting the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and the Great Lakes to the west. When the Erie Canal opened in 1825 it made an island of the Stockade area between the canal and the Mohawk River. One of the first railroads in the America's was established between Albany and Schenectady in 1831, and Schenectady soon became a center for technology and manufacturing. Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works to Schenectady in 1887. This evolved and grew into General Electric by 1892. Another large manufacturing business was the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). During this era Schenectady was known as "The City that Lights and Hauls the World".

As technology evolved, Schenectady also became home to a series of firsts; it was the site of one of the first commercial radio stations, and The first regularly scheduled broadcasts occurred in 1928. Today, Schenectady is part of New York's Tech Valley, and the western gateway to the Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway. Schenectady is home to the Price Chopper/Golub Corporation and a population of over 66,000.

Discover Restaurants, Attractions, Lodging and Events in Schenectady County, New York! Schenectady is a wonderful place to visit for the day, a night on the town or even a week’s vacation. With a great mix of attractions, like Proctor’s Theater, and lesser known local favorites, including many of the Schenectady restaurants serving up delicious food on a daily basis, this region of New York offers up endless possibilities for a memorable trip for you and yours.

Places of interest in the city include Proctors Theater, Stockade Historic District, General Electric Realty Plot, Union College, Central Park, Schenectady Museum and Planetarium, Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, Edison Exploritorium, and many others.

The city celebrates it's sister city, Nijkerk, Netherlands.

For more complete information consult and it's entry for "Schenectady, NY" or the Chamber of Schenectady County at

Area Transportation

Amtrack Train Station

332 Erie Boulevard Schenectady, NY 12305


Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) Bus Line

Greyhound Buses

22 STATE ST Schenectady, NY 12305

(518) 346-6113

Trailways Buses

22 State St. Schenectady, NY 12305