Bill Buell, County Historian
Office Hours: Hon. Karen B. Johnson Public Library, Tuesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 1pm-4pm
Schenectady County was incorporated on March 7, 1809 when the Towns of Niskayuna, Duanesberg, Princetown, and the City of Schenectady, all part of Albany County at the time, came together. The Towns of Glenville and Rotterdam were incorporated at later dates and were originally wards within the City.
The name Schenectady is believed to be derived from the Iroquois word Schau-naugh-ta-da, which is translated to "over the pine plains," or "across the pine plains.” It is said it was applied to the place where Schenectady now stands, as being over the plains from Albany.
While Schenectady County was incorporated in 1809, our history goes back much further. In June, 1661, Arent Van Corlaer and 14 others applied to Governor Stuyvesant for permission to purchase from the Mohawk Tribe the "Great Flat," a tract of land on the lower Mohawk. Permission was granted and the land was bought the following month. The earliest European settlers of Schenectady County came from the Netherlands.
Schenectady County is now comprised of five towns - Duanesburg, Glenville, Niskayuna, Princetown and Rotterdam, the City of Schenectady and two villages. The Village of Scotia lies wholly within Glenville and the Village of Delanson wholly within Duanesburg.
News & Announcements
- Schenectady County Announces the 2019-2020 County Initiative Arts and Tourism Grant Program
- Schenectady County Legislature Honors Alco Heritage at Mohawk Harbor. New Trail Markers Unveiled Celebrating Role in Transportation and Military History
- From the Pen of Schenectady County Historian Ed Reilly: Roosevelt – Lindberg Animosity
- From the Pen of Schenectady County Historian Ed Reilly: Charles Lindbergh in Schenectady County