A short selection of photos from the evening
Thursday October 1, 2015 — 6:00 – 9:00 pm
First Annual Fall Fundraiser at the Mansion
An evening of cocktails, food and music
to benefit this historic building
Catered by Spindles on Remsen Wine Bar
With the generous help of these donors:
|Albany Pump Station||Albany|
|All Star Wine & Spirits||Latham Farms|
|Anthony’s Original Loudonville Wine & Spirits||Loudonville|
|Black & Blue||Albany|
|Bootlegger’s on Broadway||Troy|
|Carrabba’s Italian Grill||Latham|
|Davidson Brothers Brewery||Glens Falls|
|Delmonico’s Steak House||Albany|
|Durso’s Liquor Store||Cohoes|
|Hoosick Street Wine Cellar||Troy|
|Joe’s Crab Shack||Latham|
|Mario’s Wine & Spirits||Troy|
|The Olde English Pub & Pantry||Albany|
Rizzo’s House of Flowers
|Save More Wines & Liquors||Menands|
|Smith’s of Cohoes||Cohoes|
|Spindles on Remsen Wine Bar||Cohoes|
|Upstate Wine and Spirits||Delmar|
|Uptown Wine & Spirits||Watervliet|
|Village Discount Wine & Liquor||Wynantskill|
The Van Schaick Mansion, site where the battles of Saratoga were planned in 1777, welcomed nearly 100 people to the first annual fund-raiser on October 1, and people were delighted with the building, the food provided by Spindles Wine Bar on Remsen, and the time to be there.
- What are the funds going to be used for? The funds will support on-going maintenance of the building as well as projects for capital improvement. Those projects include but are not limited to: restore/repair/reglaze and hang storm windows on the first and second floors; upgrade the alarm system; restore/repair damage to outer masonry; preserve original shutters; continue to repair/restore damaged stones in cemetery. There are also needs in areas of research: the story of enslaved persons, children/women/soldiers of the colonial era; the story of General Phillip Schuyler; the story of Native American cultures impacted by European colonization; genealogy of the owners of the household; the life of the house.
- 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. In 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. Because of 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.
- Open to the public since August 2001 when the General Peter Gansevoort Chapter, NSDAR, purchased the The Van Schaick Mansion with a grant from NYS Department of Parks and Recreation, Historic Preservation, the house fulfills its mission of collecting, preserving, and presenting 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.