The Stockade Historic District in Schenectady will celebrate summer with the Art and Nature Garden Tour, featuring the Brouwer House gardens on Saturday, August 7th, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Schenectady’s oldest home, the Brouwer House, is a centerpiece of Schenectady city culture, filled with authentic character. The 1730s home is the only colonial-era Schenectady house open to the public, and possesses evocative, walled gardens.
Cornell Master Gardener Christopher Kirksey has spent the last two years working in the Brouwer House’s extensive shade gardens. The tour will also feature the historic neighborhood and private gardens normally hidden from public view.
Each garden will feature the artwork of talented students from the Carriage House Artists of Living Resources, a regional non-profit organization serving people with intellectual/developmental disabilities or brain traumas, and their families.
Brouwer House and the Yates House nearby have long contended for claim as the oldest house in Schenectady. In 2007 Cornell University’s Tree-Ring Dating Laboratory took wood samples from three floor joists under the front room on the main level of the house, which indicated that the current structure was built in 1731.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Stockade Association’s website.