Van Schaick Mansion


The Historic Van Schaick Mansion

Built Circa 1735, Cohoes, NY

Chapter House for General Peter Gansevoort Chapter NSDAR

Telephone Number: (518) 235-2699
Address: 1 Van Schaick Avenue, Cohoes, New York 12047

Directions from Albany

Take I-787 North. Turn right onto Ontario Street. Just before the bridge to Troy, turn right onto Delaware Avenue. Turn right onto Van Schaick Avenue. The Mansion is on the corner.


Mansion History

The Van Schaick Mansion is one of the most historic homes in New York State. The mansion is located on Van Schaick Island, at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers at Cohoes, New York.

One of the earliest examples of a building with a gambrel roof in the Upper Hudson Valley, the mansion has many of its original features intact.

The house was used as military headquarters during the French and Indian War. The mansion later served as military headquarters during the American Revolution. Generals Montgomery, Schuyler, Gates, Stark, Morgan, Gansevoort, St. Clair, and Benedict Arnold planned the Battle of Saratoga at the mansion.

In the days leading up to the battle, 5,000 Continental soldiers were garrisoned around the mansion. At this same time, Colonel Thaddeus Kosciusko constructed the breastworks located on adjacent Peebles Island.

General Burgoyne and 20 of his staff officers were brought to the mansion before being returned to Albany as prisoners of war.



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