207 Old Niskayuna Road
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beautifully restored home situated on 5 ½ acres is a connection
to the Dutch heritage of this area. Built by Casparus Pruyn about 1830
as a country home for his wife, Ann, and their eight children, it is a
blend of Federal and Greek Revival architecture. Along with his job as
land and business agent for Stephen Van Rensselaer III, the last patroon,
Mr. Pruyn used a portion of his over 170 acres for farming.
Over the years, the property had many owners, the longest being members of the Henkes family. John and Carrie Henkes purchased the property in 1893. In 1983, the Town of Colonie purchased the home, began extensive repairs and opened it to the public in 1985 as a historic and cultural center.
There are ten outbuildings including the Buhrmaster Barn reconstructed on the grounds in 1987 and the Verdoy Schoolhouse which arrived in 1996. Other structures include a smokehouse, a potting shed, a woodshed/privy building, a carriage house, wellhouse and restroom facility.
The lovely herb and flower gardens maintained by the Fort Orange Garden Club, are a focal point for this site. The gardens grace the grounds of the complex complete with brick walks, painted fences, and a sun dial.
The Buhrmaster Barn was originally located along the Mohawk River where it was rebuilt in the late 1800's following a fire. Displaced from its original spot in 1911 when the Erie Barge Canal was built, it was moved to Troy-Schenectady Road. When condemned at that location in 1987 by the Federal Aviation Administration, it was moved to its present home at the Pruyn House. Reconstruction contractors were visibly excited at the sight of many of the early features of the structure such as hand-hewn beams and wooden pegs. The barn features double doors, and is a lovely site for a summertime party when the gardens and the grounds are at their best. For a more detailed history click here.
The Verdoy Schoolhouse was built in 1910 and is a good example of the early one-room schools built in the Town of Colonie until the 1950's. In 1995 the North Colonie School district donated the schoolhouse to the Town of Colonie and it was moved to the Pruyn House where it has been restored as a living memorial to the Town's Centennial.
Heading North on I-87 (the Northway)
Take Exit 5. At the bottom of the ramp, turn RIGHT onto Rte #155. Just BEFORE the bridges turn LEFT onto Old Niskayuna Rd. DO NOT go under the bridges. The Pruyn House is about 1 mile down on the left (#207).
Heading South on I-87 (the Northway)
Take Exit 5. At the bottom of the ramp turn LEFT onto Rte #155. Go under the Northway bridges and take immediate first RIGHT onto Old Niskayuna Rd. The Pruyn House is about 1 mile down on the left (#207).
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mail: Pruyn House
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:30pm