This rich pictorial history is the first to feature the entire
township of New Scotland. Located west-southwest of
the city of Albany, the township covers a large area in the
center of Albany County. The earliest European settlers arrived
in the mid-1600s and over the next 150 years, they were
followed by immigrants from Holland, Scotland, England, and
New Scotland Township contains photographs dating from
1840 to 1980, including dozens of formerly unpublished ones.
Both the photographs and captions contain an amazing amount
of detail that creates a vivid account of town life over the course
of more than a century.
The book celebrates the people, their homes and occupations,
as well as the community’s schools, churches, and means of
transportation. It explores the area’s extraordinary landforms,
from the Helderberg Mountains, Thacher State Park, Clarksville
caves, Onesquethaw Falls to the Vly, Normanskill, and
Onesquethaw creeks. It highlights the only remaining carriage
sheds in Albany County, where part of the famous Anti-Rent
Wars occurred, and the remains of a structure called the Castle,
where Bouck White became famous for his Bouckware pottery.
About the Author
For New Scotland Township, the New Scotland Historical Association used photographs from its own collection, images from society members’ personal collections, and other pictures loaned by local residents. In creating this book, the New
Scotland Historical Association accomplished what it had dreamed of doing for many years.