A Sense of Place

A response to President Stephen Ainlay’s initiative to encourage Union College students, faculty and staff to visit and to learn from the many attractive and educational places in our region. These regional sites cover numerous academic disciplines: art, biology, engineering, geography, geology, history, literature, music, natural history, politics, theater and more. It is dedicated to all students, staff, faculty and friends of Union College and hopefully it will serve to encourage fruitful relations between the College and its New York neighbors north, south, east and west. Each week a new location will be featured and archived to create an easily accessible master list.

Saratoga Battlefield National Historic Monument

Saratoga Battlefield National Historic Monument

Saratoga Battlefield National Historical Park | Stillwater Part of the National Park Service since 1938, this park features a memorial to the great battles of the American Revolution, especially those of 1777 which renewed hope for the patriots in the fight for independence. This 10-mile long site has an access road for cars that passes through vast grasslands with scenic views of Hudson River. Image Source: Saratoga Springs Visitor Center To learn more about the park, please click here. Operating hours and seasons can be found here. Distance: 25 miles, 45 minutes from Union College Image...

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Vischer’s Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

Vischer’s Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

Vischer’s Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve | Clifton Park, Riverview Road The preserve, owned by the New York State Canal Corporation, is approximately 740 acres featuring exceptional wetlands rich in plants and birds and sections of the 1825 (40 foot) canal and tow path. It is also the site of the 1862 Whipple Truss Bridge built by Squire Whipple, an 1830 Union College graduate and the “Father of American iron bridge construction.” The bridge at this preserve was reconstructed by Professor Francis Griggs, Professor Phil Snow and their students at Union College. Another rebuilt Whipple...

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Vroman’s Nose

Vroman’s Nose

Vroman’s Nose | Fulton, near Middleburgh It is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike ascending to an elevation of 1,240 feet and to one of the grandest views of the Schoharie Valley. A shorter, steeper trail is also available and is best for descent. Once owned by the Vroman family, this was also a sacred site for native peoples. Nearby Schoharie Creek received much attention during late August and early September of 2011 when the region was struck by tropical storm Irene and hurricane Sandy. Distance: 35 miles, 50 minutes from Union College To learn more, please click here. Image Source: CNY...

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Christman Sanctuary

Christman Sanctuary

Christman Sanctuary | Delanson This 120-acre nature sanctuary is owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) with a base area of 97 acres that was acquired from the Christman family in 1970. Its beautiful two mile roundtrip trail into the Bozen Kill features a 30-foot waterfall splashing into a lovely rock amphitheater. Many Union College members were active in diverting the route of I-88 so as not to damage the Bozen Kill Ravine and to protect this National Historic Landmark. Distance: 20 miles, 30 minutes from Union College To learn more, please click here. Image Source: The Nature...

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Beaver House

Beaver House

Image Source: Adirondack Almanac Beaver House | Bakers Mills, Johnsburg This is the one time cabin hide-a-way of Howard Zahniser  (b. Feb. 25, 1906, d. May 5, 1964), the prime author of “The Wilderness Act of 1964” and the Executive Secretary of The Wilderness Society from 1945 to 1964. The cabin was later the property of conservationist Paul Schaefer, author of Adirondack Cabin Country (Syracuse University Press, 1993). Currently, Beaver House is owned by David Gibson and others. Distance: 80 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes from Union...

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