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Saratoga County History Center
12/02/2020

Saratoga County History Center

You may know something about the battles, but what about AFTER the smoke cleared and the armies departed???

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Saratoga County History Center
11/07/2020

Saratoga County History Center

Let's get personal . . .

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
10/31/2020

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

On this day 195 years ago, the entire Erie Canal officially opened! New York Governor DeWitt Clinton led a statewide “Grand Celebration” which included a cannonade from Buffalo to New York City as well as a fleet of ships led by Clinton aboard the Seneca Chief. Their voyage lasted ten days and took them from Buffalo to New York at which time Clinton poured water from Lake Erie into New York Harbor symbolizing the “Wedding of the Waters.”

Even before the first shovels broke ground, many doubted the project's success, citing the unforgiving terrain, lack of funds, and unqualified engineers. DeWitt Clinton was persistent however and worked ferociously to garner support in the New York State legislature. Martin Van Buren, who at the time was serving as a New York State Senator, originally opposed the funding of the canal. Eventually, Van Buren wound up voting in favor of the project. He even gave a passionate three-hour long speech demanding the canal be built, knowing the importance it could have on the development of the New York economy. Soon after, construction and operation of the canal was authorized, funded, and managed by New York State.

Construction of the massive 363-mile-long canal began in 1817 at Rome, New York but, the project was marred by numerous delays. By 1819 only 15 miles had been completed and critics jested at Clinton, naming the effort “Clinton’s Ditch”. However, following the slow start, the next 348 miles were completed in six years. The increased productivity coincided with an influx of Irish immigrants who completed much of the work. In total, the canal took eight years and $7.143 million to construct. The engineering marvel revolutionized the transportation of goods and helped New York State and New York City emerge as a major trade center.

Today, the canal looks vastly different than it used to but still serves great importance to New York. The number of cargo shipments have decreased from their 19th century highs but, recreational opportunities have increased.

Have you explored any of the Erie Canal?

#Explore #History #NYHistory #ErieCanal #MVBTheMVP #RecreateResponsibly #OptOutside #OnThisDay #OTD

09/01/2020

Ziti Sausage and Meatball Dinner Sponsored by Watervliet Historical Society and Albany County Legislature Bob Beston

Foreman & Clark factory. Before becoming Tek Hughes it was a textile factory called foreman and Clark.
08/01/2020

Foreman & Clark factory. Before becoming Tek Hughes it was a textile factory called foreman and Clark.

Lemon Club
07/30/2020

Lemon Club

The First Presbyterian Church , 23rd Street and 9th Avenue hosted the children from the Fairview Home on Sunday mornings...
07/30/2020

The First Presbyterian Church , 23rd Street and 9th Avenue hosted the children from the Fairview Home on Sunday mornings.

old Albany ,Troy, and Watervliet Bus.
07/29/2020

old Albany ,Troy, and Watervliet Bus.

Ted's Fish Fry , Watervliet.
07/29/2020

Ted's Fish Fry , Watervliet.

State Bank of Albany at the southwest corner of 19th street and Broadway
07/25/2020

State Bank of Albany at the southwest corner of 19th street and Broadway

Open Trolley made by the J. M. Jones Company in West troy. The trolley is parked in front of the plant which was located...
07/24/2020

Open Trolley made by the J. M. Jones Company in West troy. The trolley is parked in front of the plant which was located in the vicinity of Red's field, Port Schuyler.

Tek Hughes , 6th ave
07/24/2020

Tek Hughes , 6th ave

1918 Big Gun Shop - Watervliet Arsenal.
07/23/2020

1918 Big Gun Shop - Watervliet Arsenal.

Ammunition Wagon and Chests manufactured during the Civil War at the Watervliet Arsenal.
07/22/2020

Ammunition Wagon and Chests manufactured during the Civil War at the Watervliet Arsenal.

The Watervliet Arsenal employed about 500 children during the Civil War.
07/22/2020

The Watervliet Arsenal employed about 500 children during the Civil War.

1874 Laying the corner stone of the Jermain Church in Port Schuyler.
07/16/2020

1874 Laying the corner stone of the Jermain Church in Port Schuyler.

1938 Watervliet High School graduating class.
07/16/2020

1938 Watervliet High School graduating class.

Canal Boats in river by the 23rd Street Sidecut.Barges awaiting the opening of the canal in the spring time. Many canale...
07/14/2020

Canal Boats in river by the 23rd Street Sidecut.
Barges awaiting the opening of the canal in the spring time. Many canalers wintered in the East River area of New York City. The horses and mules were kept on local farms during the winter. A paddle wheel steamboat is on the Troy side of the Hudson. Watervliet on the left and center Island is in the center.

1885 Stone ArsenalSteam operated pumper with three Arsenal Firemen. Behind the pumper is the cannon park were the Arsena...
07/11/2020

1885 Stone Arsenal
Steam operated pumper with three Arsenal Firemen. Behind the pumper is the cannon park were the Arsenal stored cannon and shot after the Civil War. Behind the Erie Canal wall is the three story Arsenal stone building.

1913 floodHudson River flood in March of 1913. Looking north. Erie Canal is on the left. Building 41 and a shed are on t...
07/11/2020

1913 flood
Hudson River flood in March of 1913. Looking north. Erie Canal is on the left. Building 41 and a shed are on the left. Three wings of building 40 are on the right. Horse near bridge.

1905 Adlai Stevenson BargeTwo barges traveling through the Erie Canal at the Watervliet Arsenal. Both are tied together ...
07/10/2020

1905 Adlai Stevenson Barge
Two barges traveling through the Erie Canal at the Watervliet Arsenal. Both are tied together and are being towed by two mules on the right. Adlai Stevenson is the name of the rear barge. Both barges have portable bridges shown on top for bringing the mules on and off the barge. Power to run the machines in the manufacturing buildings was obtained by slucing water from the canal into turbines located in the basement and then dumping the water into the Hudson.

1900 Steel BridgeThe bridge over the Erie Canal is behind the Administrative Building and the Cannon Community Club (not...
07/10/2020

1900 Steel Bridge
The bridge over the Erie Canal is behind the Administrative Building and the Cannon Community Club (not shown). The cannon carriages and cannon were there for at least 30 years.

Erie canal and buildings 38,40 and 41. 1905.
07/10/2020

Erie canal and buildings 38,40 and 41. 1905.

1918 Troy skyline from Arsenal
07/10/2020

1918 Troy skyline from Arsenal

1936 New sidewalks and fence on broadway opposite the main gate of Arsenal.
07/03/2020

1936 New sidewalks and fence on broadway opposite the main gate of Arsenal.

1928 BEATTIE BUYS MANSION.
07/03/2020

1928 BEATTIE BUYS MANSION.

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hu...
07/02/2020

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hudson River . The entire Arsenal is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
As a result of the War of 1812 with England the United States Army Ordinance Department was given the task of arming troops and providing material support. It was decided that various arsenals be established. One arsenal was to be located somewhere in upper New York State so that material could be sent either north or west as attacks were expected from the north at Lake Champlain and from the west at Niagara Falls. At the time two small villages were established in what is now Watervliet, Gibbonsville founded by James Gibbons in 1805 and located between current 8th to 15th Streets and Washington founded by the Schuylers in 1793 located between current 6th and 8th Streets. This area provided the necessary protection for the possible north and west invasion and also provided the Hudson River as a means of quick shipment of arms to the south.
On June 14, 1813 a deed was signed by James Gibbons and his wife conveying to the United States twelve acres of land for the sum of $2585. This modest purchase initiated the History of the Watervliet Arsenal. For the first four years the Arsenal was known as the Arsenal at Washington and Gibbonsville. By 1817 people spoke of the “Arsenal at Watervliet, NY” as it was located in the Town of Watervliet. Thirty more acres of land were purchased from the Gibbons Family in 1828 to the south and in 1833 another forty five acres was added bringing the total acreage to 82. For more information on the development of the Arsenal visit the Museum when reopening occurs.

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hudson River . The entire Arsenal is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
As a result of the War of 1812 with England the United States Army Ordinance Department was given the task of arming troops and providing material support. It was decided that various arsenals be established. One arsenal was to be located somewhere in upper New York State so that material could be sent either north or west as attacks were expected from the north at Lake Champlain and from the west at Niagara Falls. At the time two small villages were established in what is now Watervliet, Gibbonsville founded by James Gibbons in 1805 and located between current 8th to 15th Streets and Washington founded by the Schuylers in 1793 located between current 6th and 8th Streets. This area provided the necessary protection for the possible north and west invasion and also provided the Hudson River as a means of quick shipment of arms to the south.
On June 14, 1813 a deed was signed by James Gibbons and his wife conveying to the United States twelve acres of land for the sum of $2585. This modest purchase initiated the History of the Watervliet Arsenal. For the first four years the Arsenal was known as the Arsenal at Washington and Gibbonsville. By 1817 people spoke of the “Arsenal at Watervliet, NY” as it was located in the Town of Watervliet. Thirty more acres of land were purchased from the Gibbons Family in 1828 to the south and in 1833 another forty five acres was added bringing the total acreage to 82. For more information on the development of the Arsenal visit the Museum when reopening occurs.

Watervliet Streets
07/01/2020

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets
07/01/2020

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets
06/26/2020

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets
06/25/2020

Watervliet Streets

Watervliet Streets

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hu...
06/24/2020

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hudson River . The entire Arsenal is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
As a result of the War of 1812 with England the United States Army Ordinance Department was given the task of arming troops and providing material support. It was decided that various arsenals be established. One arsenal was to be located somewhere in upper New York State so that material could be sent either north or west as attacks were expected from the north at Lake Champlain and from the west at Niagara Falls. At the time two small villages were established in what is now Watervliet, Gibbonsville founded by James Gibbons in 1805 and located between current 8th to 15th Streets and Washington founded by the Schuylers in 1793 located between current 6th and 8th Streets. This area provided the necessary protection for the possible north and west invasion and also provided the Hudson River as a means of quick shipment of arms to the south.
On June 14, 1813 a deed was signed by James Gibbons and his wife conveying to the United States twelve acres of land for the sum of $2585. This modest purchase initiated the History of the Watervliet Arsenal. For the first four years the Arsenal was known as the Arsenal at Washington and Gibbonsville. By 1817 people spoke of the “Arsenal at Watervliet, NY” as it was located in the Town of Watervliet. Thirty more acres of land were purchased from the Gibbons Family in 1828 to the south and in 1833 another forty five acres was added bringing the total acreage to 82. For more information on the development of the Arsenal visit the Museum when reopening occurs.

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hudson River . The entire Arsenal is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
As a result of the War of 1812 with England the United States Army Ordinance Department was given the task of arming troops and providing material support. It was decided that various arsenals be established. One arsenal was to be located somewhere in upper New York State so that material could be sent either north or west as attacks were expected from the north at Lake Champlain and from the west at Niagara Falls. At the time two small villages were established in what is now Watervliet, Gibbonsville founded by James Gibbons in 1805 and located between current 8th to 15th Streets and Washington founded by the Schuylers in 1793 located between current 6th and 8th Streets. This area provided the necessary protection for the possible north and west invasion and also provided the Hudson River as a means of quick shipment of arms to the south.
On June 14, 1813 a deed was signed by James Gibbons and his wife conveying to the United States twelve acres of land for the sum of $2585. This modest purchase initiated the History of the Watervliet Arsenal. For the first four years the Arsenal was known as the Arsenal at Washington and Gibbonsville. By 1817 people spoke of the “Arsenal at Watervliet, NY” as it was located in the Town of Watervliet. Thirty more acres of land were purchased from the Gibbons Family in 1828 to the south and in 1833 another forty five acres was added bringing the total acreage to 82. For more information on the development of the Arsenal visit the Museum when reopening occurs.

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hu...
06/20/2020

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hudson River . The entire Arsenal is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
As a result of the War of 1812 with England the United States Army Ordinance Department was given the task of arming troops and providing material support. It was decided that various arsenals be established. One arsenal was to be located somewhere in upper New York State so that material could be sent either north or west as attacks were expected from the north at Lake Champlain and from the west at Niagara Falls. At the time two small villages were established in what is now Watervliet, Gibbonsville founded by James Gibbons in 1805 and located between current 8th to 15th Streets and Washington founded by the Schuylers in 1793 located between current 6th and 8th Streets. This area provided the necessary protection for the possible north and west invasion and also provided the Hudson River as a means of quick shipment of arms to the south.
On June 14, 1813 a deed was signed by James Gibbons and his wife conveying to the United States twelve acres of land for the sum of $2585. This modest purchase initiated the History of the Watervliet Arsenal. For the first four years the Arsenal was known as the Arsenal at Washington and Gibbonsville. By 1817 people spoke of the “Arsenal at Watervliet, NY” as it was located in the Town of Watervliet. Thirty more acres of land were purchased from the Gibbons Family in 1828 to the south and in 1833 another forty five acres was added bringing the total acreage to 82. For more information on the development of the Arsenal visit the Museum when reopening occurs.

The Watervliet Arsenal is America’s oldest continuously active Arsenal. It occupies 140 acres on the West side of the Hudson River . The entire Arsenal is on the National Register of Historic Sites.
As a result of the War of 1812 with England the United States Army Ordinance Department was given the task of arming troops and providing material support. It was decided that various arsenals be established. One arsenal was to be located somewhere in upper New York State so that material could be sent either north or west as attacks were expected from the north at Lake Champlain and from the west at Niagara Falls. At the time two small villages were established in what is now Watervliet, Gibbonsville founded by James Gibbons in 1805 and located between current 8th to 15th Streets and Washington founded by the Schuylers in 1793 located between current 6th and 8th Streets. This area provided the necessary protection for the possible north and west invasion and also provided the Hudson River as a means of quick shipment of arms to the south.
On June 14, 1813 a deed was signed by James Gibbons and his wife conveying to the United States twelve acres of land for the sum of $2585. This modest purchase initiated the History of the Watervliet Arsenal. For the first four years the Arsenal was known as the Arsenal at Washington and Gibbonsville. By 1817 people spoke of the “Arsenal at Watervliet, NY” as it was located in the Town of Watervliet. Thirty more acres of land were purchased from the Gibbons Family in 1828 to the south and in 1833 another forty five acres was added bringing the total acreage to 82. For more information on the development of the Arsenal visit the Museum when reopening occurs.

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1501 1st Ave
Watervliet, NY
12189

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OUR LOCATION: Corner of 1st Avenue and 15th Street Just behind the Watervliet Public Library OUR MAILING ADDRESS Watervliet Historical Society PO Box 246 Watervliet, New York, 12189 OUR HOURS: Wednesday through Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Phone: 518-272-0715

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00

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(518) 272-0715

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Curious if there are any stories, facts etc. about the softball field that would later become "Red's Field". I remember as a boy the backstop for the softball games was located next to what is now Valente's and where the basketball court is. Was this softball field used for city league games prior to Congress Park? Also, wonder if anyone, anywhere has pictures of that backstop in the old location before it was eventually moved to where it is now?
Hello! I writing in the hopes that someone on this page can guide me in the right direction. I am working on my family history and have roots in the Watervliet/Albany County area dating back to the 1700's. The list of surnames is lengthy and the number of places in or around Watervliet are numerous in number too. I've tried to contact historical societies through their websites, but that has been unsuccessful. So I thought I would try this way. Thank you for your time. Diane Resvick
Looking for some photos of 10th Ave/12th St around 1895-1913 or if anyone has any info about the Saloon ran by George Stephenson out of Sarah Stephenson's house in that vicinity.
ERIE CANAL BOAT - LICOHEJA in Watervliet tied up across from the West Side Foundry just north of the weigh-lock.
Hello, Thank you for all you do. I have a query: Does this house still exist? Snippet is from the 1854 Albany County map. I'm not even sure if it was within the political boundaries then of what we now know as W'vliet.
I am commissioning a painting of this picture. My grandfather’s cleaners (TJ Harrison and Sons) is on the left hand side. I could really use some help identifying the names on any signs in the photo that may not be as legible to someone like me who’s not as familiar with how things looked in the 1950s when this photo was taken. Any other photos you may have of this same area would also be great. Any help you could provide is much appreciated. I’ll share the finished painting on here when it’s complete.
Hello, I grew up at 425 Second Ave, next to a small brick "factory"....I was young and didn't care what they made....what did they make? ANyone know?
Any photos of Kremeflake Bakery ? My grandparents own d it for many years on 7th ave
The Schuyler House 1866
Does anyone remember the Kremeflake (Kreamflake?) Bakery on 7th Avenue just north of DeLallo’s?