There's a new round of Schenectady walking tours

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A new round of walking tours organized by the Schenectady County Historical Society starts up this week, including the return of some popular tours. (One date is already sold out.)

The full schedule is below -- tour topics include scandal, beer, architecture, the Stockade, and Scotia. If you're interested in one (or more) of the tours it's a good idea to grab a spot ahead because they do often fill up.

All descriptions via SCHS.

May 9: Secret Stockade
"Join us as the Stockade and its secrets come to life! Our guide will lead us from the museum, through the Stockade, and inside two Stockade homes, each with their own legends and lore. Refreshments will be served inside the Stockade's oldest home, the historic Brouwer House. This tour lasts approximately three hours and is held the second Wednesday of each month @ 10AM, beginning May 9th..."

May 19: GE Realty Plot Walking Tour
"It's elegant, it's shady, and it's filled with firsts! Schenectady City Historian, Chris Leonard, will lead us on a walking tour of the historic GE Realty Plot neighborhood. Discover dynamic events and the unique cast of characters who have called "The Plot" their home. The tour includes stories and anecdotes about GE notables, as well as the formation of The Plot and ongoing efforts to protect these stately homes. Tickets are $20/person, and include entry into one of the homes, with a break for refreshments on its large front porch." Saturday, May 19 at 9 am -- $20

June 21: Schenectady Suds Beer Tour
"Take a walk along what was once known as "Brewer's Street," looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our history, from the Colonial era to today's craft brew revival. The walking tour is approximately one hour long, begins at the SCHS, and concludes with a pint and tour with the brewers at Mad Jack Brewery / The Van Dyck Restaurant (pint included in the price!) Join us before the tour for a look at current exhibitions in the Schenectady History Museum." Thursday, June 21 at 6:30pm -- $15

June 28: Schenectady Suds Beer Tour
"Every city has its fair share of scandal! This tour through the historic Stockade recalls some of Schenectady's more nefarious characters. Bold bootlegging, cruel kidnappings and maybe even a few mysterious murders...this tour has it all!" (The May 11 date is already sold out.) Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm -- $10

July 7: Downtown Scotia Walking Tour
"Scotia was founded even before Schenectady, and today its streets are filled with history and charm. Join us as we explore the village and go behind-the-scenes in a few buildings!" Saturday, July 7 at 10 am -- $10

July 28: Colonial Schenectady
"Explore the Stockade's colonial culture, and architecture! Travel back in time with us and discover the characters and events that formed this historic community." Saturday, July 28 at 10 am -- $10

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