A Beautiful Christmas Welcome in the Schenectady Stockade

Monday, December 14, 2015
It may seem like stores are my favorite destination during the holiday season, but they are not the only places I enjoy.  I also enjoy visiting the Schenectady Stockade where the only thing prettier than the decorations are the row houses with their gorgeous architectural features, especially the front doors - each one like a welcoming face beckoning visitors.  In case you might not be from the area and aren't familiar with the Stockade, here's a brief introduction.

Settled in 1661 by Dutch merchants and fur traders, the Schenectady Stockade is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the country. The National Park Service has described it as "the highest concentration of historic period homes in the country," with over 40 older than 200 years. (Wikipedia) It is the first historic district established in NYS.   For a complete look at the Stockade's history,  how it rebuilt after two fires (in 1690 and again in 1819) that burned over 200 buildings to the ground, and the significance of the Stockade to the Erie Canal, click on the link at the bottom of this blog.  But for today.....let's just enjoy the view!  For a better look at each photo, just click on the photo and when you're done, click your Back arrow to return to the blog.

The door to the left is the entrance 
to the Stockade Inn.
This one actually belongs to a friend of ours.....

Pretty, right?  For more about the Stockade, you can read my earlier blog post featuring the Stockade in Spring when it's full of colorful blossoming trees pretty enough for a Thomas Kinkade painting!

Thanks for reading and please come back soon!

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