The early days of Albany County, NY, and its various towns and townships -- Albany, Berne, Bethlehem, Coeymans, Guilderland, Knox, New Scotland, Rensselaerville, Watervliet, West Troy, Westerlo and others -- are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this NEW 34 Page Booklet reprinted primarily from two hard-to-find books, the 1841 edition of "Historical Collections of the State of New York" by John Warner Barber and Henry Howe, and the 1940 edition of "New York, a Guide to the Empire State", a product of the WPA Writer's Project. The spiral-bound booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper, with the fine print enlarged for easier reading. A clear vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Among the many and diverse topics in the booklet are: Early settlements; Early Dutch families, Rigid Dutch rule; Description of the land; Early town names and name derivations; the Dutch West India Co.; "the Captive Boys of Rensselaerville," a hair-raising tale of Indian captivity; the Cahoes Falls, "Mother Ann" Lee and the Society of Shakers in Neskayuna; the "Oldest City in the United States"; Kiddenhooghten Hill; Animosity between Albany and Schenectady; Banks and Churches; and Stephen Van Rensselaer. ILLUSTRATIONS include a view of Albany from Greenbush Ferry, the Ancient Dutch Church in Albany, the State and City Halls in Albany, a View of Rensselaerville, and a view of the Capitol at Albany. Among the surnames mentioned are: Quackenboss, Lancing, Bleeker, Van Ness, Pruyn, Van Woert, Wendell, Van Eps, Schaats, La Battie, Jenkins, Culver, Vandyke, Hatch, Brown, Woodford, Crocker, Mumford, Brice and Deitz. The nostalgic guidebook section gives a view of the area a century later, with historical perspectives, especially as they relate to sightseeing possibilities in 1940. Also included is a map of the Capital District section of the state from a 1948 pamphlet.
Albany County, NY
Sources: Historical Collections of the State of New York / Albany County History
Authors: John Warner Barber and Henry Howe
Original Publication Year: 1841
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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