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POSTPONED–A Century of History on the Rensselaer Plateau

Start Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

History on the Rensselaer Plateau

 Due to the weather this event has been postponed to the Rain Date: October 20, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

The Asa Eddy family lived in Stephentown, Rensselaer County, New York, between 1794 and 1905.  While the homestead and other structures have long since disappeared, and forest has reclaimed the farm, an early family cemetery, along with stone foundations and other evidence, can still be seen on the landscape.  Warren Broderick, a descendent of the Eddy family, author, archivist and researcher, will discuss and use other resources to bring the history of an early farm in Rensselaer County back to life.  

Participants will take an easy/moderate hike about two-and-a-half miles along an abandoned road in the Towns of Nassau and Stephentown to visit the farm site, and family cemetery, hear about an infamous 19th century local murder and reputed haunting, and view other abandoned farm sites along our route.  The hike will conclude through hiking trails at the Albert Family Community Forest, a 353 acre forest owned by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance.  This was part of the Hayes farm which adjoined the Eddy farm on the south.

This hike will require some shuttling of vehicles. Rain date will be Saturday, October 20.

Contact outing coordinator and registration contact: Peter Wood at 

$5 donation collected day of the outing.

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