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Walking tours of Schenectady, scandalous and otherwise

Lawrence statue in The Stockade Schenectady

The upcoming slate of Schenectady walking tours organized by the Schenectady County Historical Society is out -- and it includes a "Scandalous Schenectady" tour June 6:

From bootleggers to brothels, Schenectady's Stockade is no stranger to scandal. Join us for a walking tour of Schenectady's sordid moments, and stay late for a drink special at the reputed Stockade Inn!

The full schedule is below -- tour topics include architecture, African-American history, Jewish history, and pre-revolution history.

SCHS also has more of its popular "Secret Stockade" tours planned for the summer months (details at that link above).

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Wicked Mohawk Valley

wicked mohawk valley book coverThis area has its fair share of seedy history, and here's more evidence...

The Schenectady County Historical Society has a talk from Dennis Webster -- author of Wicked Mohawk Valley -- lined up for March 4 at the Mabee Farm. Blurbage:

Would a decorated lawman risk his career for garden fresh vegetables? What crime family terrorized chickens in two counties? What dastardly murder happened on Potato Hill Road? And why would anyone dare guzzle the "creeping death"? Be prepared to have these questions answered, and discover a dossier of some of the most notorious and unbelievable criminal cases in the history of the Mohawk Valley. From bootlegging to brothels to racketeering, local author Dennis Webster has collected the most thrilling stories of deception and mayhem within the Mohawk Valley.

A ripe-from-the-vine backyard tomato is rather tempting.

In addition to Wicked Mohawk Valley, Webster is also the author of Haunted Mohawk Valley as well as a contributor to Adirondack Mysteries, among other works.

The talk is at 2 pm on Saturday, March 4. Admission is $5.

The Mabee Historic Farm is in Rotterdam Junction, 10-15 minutes west of Schenectady.

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