Vale Park

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Free
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Vale Park

907 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12307
Phone: 
(518) 382-3884
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 – held totally within the park or as