Walking tour of Albany's Normanskill Farm

Normanskill Farm Albany barn

The Historic Albany Foundation's Walkabout Wednesday series has a tour at the Normanskill Farm June 20. It starts at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $10. (These tours often sell out.)

A few bits about the history of the farm, which is in the city of Albany...

The Normanskill Farm, which sits alongside the Normans Kill just off Delaware Ave, has a long history that dates back to the early 1800s (at least). The main house was built circa 1806 and other buildings date to various points during the 19th century. And it was part of the town of Bethlehem, and the hamlet of Normansville, until 1916.

During the 20th century it served as a dairy farm for the Stevens family and its Norman's Kill Farm Dairy, which was a popular local brand of dairy products. The dairy grazed cows at the farm and processed milk at a facility on Swan Street right near where Hudson-Jay Park is now -- the state bought the land for the Empire State Plaza and a planned arterial connection.

The farm is now owned by the city of Albany, and it includes a large community garden, dog park, and facilities for the Albany Police Department's mounted patrol. (It's also the seasonal home for sheep.) And the site still has the Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Truss Bridge, one of the oldest iron bridges of its time still in existence.

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