Walking tours of Schenectady (and beyond) this fall: treasures, The Plot, beer, Scotia secrets, rowing the river

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The Schenectady County Historical Society and its partners has a round of walking (and rowing) tours coming up this fall.

The full schedule is below -- tour topics include treasures, the GE Realty Plot, beer, Scotia, and the haunting past of the Stockade. Also: There's a rowing tour on the Mohawk.

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.

September 15: Tales & Treasures at the home of Marilyn Sassi, Antique Expert
"An intimate and rare opportunity to visit one of the finest houses in the Mohawk Valley. Marilyn Sassi is an expert in regional antiques, and her Stockade home is magnificently appointed. We'll spend about 90 minutes with Marilyn as she guides us through centuries of Mohawk Valley antiques, each imbued with its own mysterious tales. Drinks and light fare will follow at the Brouwer House." 2 pm -- $35 "and space is highly limited"

September 22: GE Realty Plot Tour
"It's elegant, it's shady, and it's filled with firsts! Schenectady City Historian, Chris Leonard leads us on a walking tour of the historic GE Realty Plot neighborhood. Discover the dynamic events and the unique cast of characters who have shaped 'The Plot'. The tour includes stories and anecdotes about GE inventors and executives, Schenectady leaders, entertainers, and incomparable individuals, as well as the formation of The Plot and ongoing efforts to protect these stately homes." 10 am -- $20

September 22: Rowing the River
"Travel back to the 1700s when the mighty Mohawk was the gateway to the West. We'll take our reproduction boats out for a 2 hour rowing session on the Mohawk. Be prepared to do some rowing! Expert guides in period clothing will to show us the way." 10 am -- $20 adults / $15 kids

September 26: Schenectady Suds
"Join us for a night of fun history, good company and great beer! We'll stroll through the Historic Stockade District, traveling from the colonial past to the craft-brew present. Includes a a complimentary pint and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Mad Jack Brewery led by the brewers themselves. These tours are always popular so reserve your spot now!" 6 pm -- $15

September 29: Scotia Secrets Walking Tour
"A brand new tour for 2018, this tour takes you for a historic stroll through Scotia. This idyllic town traces its roots back to 1655, even before Schenectady itself. Join us as we explore the village and go behind-the-scenes at the Abraham Glen House as well as the village Fire Department!" 10 am -- $10

October 6: Rowing the River
"Travel back to the 1700s when the mighty Mohawk was the gateway to the West. We'll take our reproduction boats out for a 2 hour rowing session on the Mohawk. Be prepared to do some rowing! Expert guides in period clothing will to show us the way." 10 am -- $20 adults / $15 kids

October 12, 19, 26: Candlelight Walking Tours
"Join us as we explore the historic Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood's haunting past! ... Please remember to bring a flashlight with you!" 7 pm and 7:30 pm -- $12, advanced purchase required

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