Chronology

CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS RELATED TO NISKAYUNA HISTORYEvents through 1976 by Arthur E. Newkirk, Niskayuna Conservation Advisory Council
Events post 1976 by Ed Reilly, Town Supervisor, 1970-1979; 1989-199

  • 1609 Henry Hudson sailed to the present site of Albany
  • 1626 Iroquois (Mohawks) monopolized all Dutch trade westward
  • 1640 Niskayuna settled by the Dutch
  • 1664 Harmon Vedder house built in Niskayuna. Vedder and Smith patents
  • 1667 Damen received 35 acres
  • 1687 Van Antwerp Farm, 1725 Van Antwerp Road
  • 1721 Berning and Erben Residences, Rosendale Road
  • 1738 Colonial brickyard, Niskayuna Road
  • 1752 Niskayuna Reformed Church.  Present building dates to 1852
  • 1761 Stanford Mansion, State Street
  • 1775 Olde Craig Hotel, Aqueduct Road
  • 1775 On May 6, the Schenectady Committee on Safety and Correspondence was formed.
  • 1776 Aqueduct Boat Company building, Aqueduct Road
  • 1776 Shakers settle in what is now Albany Airport area, then Watervliet.        
  • 1777 First New York state Constitution adopted at Kingston
  • 1779 Van Vranken home built
  • 1795 The Old Vedder Farm built, Troy Road
  • 1799 The Derrick G. Groot homestead built, Rosendale Road
  • 1804 Balltown Road constructed.  Alexander's Mills and a wing Dam built at Aqueduct
  • 1805 Alexander's Bridge built for Balltown Road at Aqueduct
  • 1809 Schenectady County formed on March 6th with the Town of Niskayuna as a part
  • 1817 Erie Canal authorized
  • 1820 Champion Farm built, Van Antwerp Road
  • 1822 Erie Canal built at Aqueduct-Rexford
  • 1825 Erie Canal completed.  Simmons House built, Aqueduct Road
  • 1834 Erie Canal wing dam constructed
  • 1835 Schopmeier farm house built, now 1317 Regent Street
  • 1843 Troy & Schd'y RR built along Mohawk with stations at Aqueduct and Niskayuna Hamlet
  • 1850 School House No. 3 built on Balltown Road
  • 1862 First comprehensive enlargement of the Erie Canal completed
  • 1870 Niskayuna School No. 4 built
  • 1890 Scheckelman Barn built.  Taken down November 17, 1975
  • 1892 Vischer's Ferry Bridge built, destroyed by ice the following winter
  • 1895 Van Antwerp School No. 5 built
  • 1898 State Dam built at Aqueduct
  • 1902 Schenectady-Saratoga trolley line built
  • 1903 Mohawk Golf Club moved to present site, formerly the J.W. Smitely farm
  • 1906 Grand Boulevard plot purchased for development
  • 1908 First house built on Grand Boulevard plot for Mr. Jeffers
  • 1910 Railroad Bridge built over Balltown Road
  • 1912 Dr. Willis R. Whitney house built, Troy Road
  • 1914 Lock 7 on canal constructed and Lock 7-Lock 8 level flooded
  • 1918 New York State Barge Canal completed.  Grand Boulevard Association organized
  • 1920 Grand Boulevard Fire Company organized
  • 1921 Charles W. Stone house built, now a part of the Bellevue Maternity Hospital
  • 1930 Concrete sidewalks built on Keyes Avenue
  • 1932 Niskayuna Fire District established
  • 1941 Last run of the Schenectady-Saratoga electric trolley on December 7th.
  • 1946 Construction of the G.E. Research and Development Center begun
  • 1947 Park Districts No. 1 and No. 2 founded
  • 1950 First Town Hall built
  • 1950 GE Research Laboratory opens
  • 1954 Rosendale Estates development begun
  • 1956 Town landfill site acquired
  • 1957 Woodcrest development begun
  • 1958 Orchard Park Estates development begun
  • 1961 Avon Crest development begun
  • 1961 Wastewater treatment plant built
  • 1961 Addition to Town Hall
  • 1962 Niskayuna became a First Class Town
  • 1964 Lisha Kill Natural Area established by the Nature Conservancy
  • 1966 Schenectady Chemicals Laboratory built
  • 1969 Environment/One built
  • 1969 Mohawk Mall built
  • 1970 Wastewater treatment plant enlarged
  • 1971 River Road Park land acquired (Scheckelman Farm)
  • 1971 Avon Crest Park acquired
  • 1973 Landfill garage constructed by the Town
  • 1973 G.E. Engineering Development Center built
  • 1974 Town's first dog leash law enacted
  • 1975 Second addition to Town Hall
  • 1975 Lighted tennis courts built at River Road Park
  • 1975 Niskayuna became a suburban Town
  • 1975 Third expansion of Town Hall
  • 1976 Niskayuna celebrates the  bi-centennial; Historian Lloyd Brinkman's History published
  • 1977 First section of riverfront hike and bike path constructed
  • 1983 Hike and bike path completed
  • 1984 First Community Center and branch library open at Van Antwerp School
  • 1984 River Road Park is renamed Jeff Blatnick Park
  • 1989 New branch Post Office opens on Nott Street East
  • 1991 Nott Street East is extended to Van Antwerp Road
  • 1994 New 35-acre park opens on west side of River Road with recycled name "River Road Park"
  • 1994 New Town Hall opens in November
  • 1995 Elizabeth Harriman Bean branch library opens across from Town Hall
  • 1996 Opening of Niskayuna Square and Wynwood Commons
  • 1997 Opening of St. James Square and Clare Bridge