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Schenectady County


Schenectady County is rich in history. Established in 1809, the county’s name is derived from the Mohawk Indian word for “place beyond the pines”. It is also notable that the city dates back to the 1600’s and was known as the city that lights and hauls the world because of its prominent place in the locomotive manufacturing industry. This was further highlighted with the presence of the headquarters of General Electric, which was founded by Thomas Edison. Today, leaders of top industries now call Schenectady home, including: SI Group, GE Research and Development Center, and Knolls Atomic Laboratory.


There is plenty to do in Schenectady County. For those who like the outdoors, there is the Mohawk-Hudson bike hike, the Plotter Kill Reserve and Central Park. If the arts are more your thing,  Proctor’s Theater, a former vaudeville house, offers first-rate entertainment including Broadway shows, comedy and dance. Enjoy Rivers Casino and Resort with live table games, a poker room and sports-book betting. All of the foodies will appreciate a variety of cuisine at many locally-owned cafes and restaurants located within the city of Schenectady. 


Union College, a highly-selective, private college was founded in 1795. It was the first liberal college to offer engineering and consistently ranks as one of the Nation’s top colleges.


Schenectady offers a variety of housing options to its residents. The historical Stockade is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the county with over 40 homes over 200 years old. With its cobblestone streets and historical architecture, walking the streets of the Stockade is like stepping back in time. The homes within the GE Realty Plots offer large stately homes that are as unique as they are beautiful. Built between 1887 and 1939 the custom homes were built for prominent members of society and General Electric’s prominent leaders. Newer apartments and townhomes are available along the Mohawk River, offering modern amenities and urban living. Schenectady County also has a number of neighboring towns and villages offering a smaller community feel to its residents. 

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