Schenectady's best kept secret...


The Sunday Public Tours continue on the first Sunday of the month from May through October. In the past, tour topics have included Schenectady’s colonial history, military history, industrial history, and the symbolism of cemetery icons. Tours typically begin at 2 p.m. at the caretaker's house at 907 State St. Individual groups, such as schools or community organizations, can schedule their own special tours. For details, call 346-0423.

The African American Ancestral Burial Ground in Vale Cemetery is the site of the annual June Teenth commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation.

In the past, the cemetery has been the venue for workshops by the Association for Gravestone Studies. Workshop participants restored gravestones, cleaned monuments, and did gravestone rubbings and foil impressions.

The Underground Railroad of the Capital District Seminar toured the African American Ancestral Burial Ground with a period-costumed guide portrayed Moses Viney – an escaped slave who became Union College president Eliphalet Nott’s chauffeur and longtime aide.

The park also attracts running events – The Stockade-athon, MVP 5K Run, and the Run for Darfur – held totally within the park or as part of the course.

MVP Friday Noon Wellness Walks

MVP Health Care offers Friday lunch time Wellness Walks through Vale Park from June through August (or earlier or later, weather permitting). Each week a different member of the MVP leadership team heads the walk.

Begun in 2008, MVP President and CEO, Dave Oliker, led the first walk. MVP extends the walk leader invitation to city officials, business leaders, and other “downtown neighbors.”

The distance is about one mile and the pace is leisurely enough to engage in conversation. For information or to arrange a walk, call Monica Finch at 388-2077.