Roof Restoration

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The historic Van Schaick Mansion was open to the public for free tours  from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  with a special celebration at noon to thank sponsors who supported the mansion in stabilzing its roof.  The Schuyler Society, Children of the American Revolution joined in this ceremony  in honor of their 11th anniversary. And Mike Companion of the Saratoga Battle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution with his cannoneer re-enactors shot off cannon in celebration of this feat throughout the afternoon.DSCN3398

Glenn Bentz, former Native American Interpreter for the Cooperstown Farmers Museum and New York State Historical Society, set up an encampment at the Mansion. This unique living history program featured an authentic Native American Indian encampment, complete with real artifacts. It also included presentations on the history of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois); traditional clothing; 18th century weaponry; fire making skills; the trade period and its effects; 18th century cooking; and oral traditions, including storytelling.

Tours of the house were ongoing from 11:00 until 4:00 p.m.  Tours were suspended for the noon hour recognition of sponsors for the roof project.  In the afternoon members of the Schuyler Society, C.A.R., performed a reader’s theatre play of “And the Rockets Red Glare” in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the writing of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Van Schaick Mansion is one of the most historic homes in New York State with a rich history that is tied to both the French and Indian War & the American Revolution. Built circa 1735, the house was used as military headquarters for a number of English generals during the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution the mansion once again served as military headquarters and was inhabited by Generals Schuyler, Gates, Poor, St. Clair, Arnold, and Colonels Morgan and Gansevoort while formulating the plans for the battles of Saratoga.  In the days leading up to the battles some 5,000 Continental soldiers were garrisoned around the mansion.  Due to the historic significance of this venue, the Van Schaick Mansion was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, the New York State Revolutionary War Heritage Trail in 2008 and in 2013 to the NYS Paths to History.DSCN3389

For the past 279 years, the mansion has been lovingly cared for by descendants of the Van Schaick Family, various individuals; and since 2001, the Gen. Peter Gansevoort Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Van Schaick Mansion Project, under the auspices of the General Peter Gansevoort Chapter, NSDAR, was established to collect, preserve, and present the cultural history of Van Schaick Island.  The Project pursues this mission through the preservation and interpretation of its site, the Van Schaick Mansion, as a site for the presentation of collections, exhibitions and programs to benefit the community.


 Many thanks to the sponsors who made it possible to replace the roof:

Major Benefactors

Albany County Legislators
Shawn Morse, Gilbert Ethier & Sean Ward
Duane Booth
Ron Canestrari
Cohoes Savings Bank Foundation
John Mackiewicz
Sandra & Dennis Marr
Patricia & Elizabeth Marshall
Renee & John McDonald, III
Eleanor Morris
Saratoga Battle Chapter, SAR
Johanna & Bob Shogan
Joseph P. Van Schaick
Dee Van Schoick, Jr.
Sandy, Bob & Lexi Zerrillo


 Donors

Cynthia Babb-Rinaldi
Elizabeth Bell-Closson
William Bronner
Chief Taughannock Ch.,NSDAR
Linda Delfs
Shirley & Gerald Dunn
Laura Ferrio
Helen Festa
Frances Fletcher
Dianne Fullam
Jenni Fullam
Joanne Goodwin
John D. Grego
Susan & Corinne Hare
Marjorie Hopkins
Shannon & Dave Kehn
Edith Kennedy
Joanne Kennedy
Judith Mantle
Carol Marra
Barbara & John McDonald, Jr.
Kristen Moore
Donna & John Mullen
New Netherlands Institute
Mary Oxaal & Family
Carol Pitsas
Donna Rafferty
Roxann & James Rhodes
Rotary Club of Cohoes
Alison Russell
Evelyn Shortsleeve
Gwen Stander
Mary Stock
Patricia Stratton
Edward Tremblay
Marlene Valente
Rose Valenti
Velma & Robert Van Scoy
Greg D. Zoller


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