Events and Tours

Public tours of Vale Cemetery and Park are on the 1st Sunday of the month from May-October.

Tours start at 2 p.m. from the Caretaker's Cottage adjacent to the main entrance on State Street.

There is ample parking available and due to the size of the cemetery/park a shuttle bus is used. There is a $7 donation requested with children under 12 free.

May 06

Experience the wildflowers, trees, animals of the unique 100 acre Urban Green Space and certified Wildlife Habitat and Arboretum.

May 12

See the resident and migratory species of birds. Suitable for adults, children, novice and experienced enthusiasts.

May 28

Sponsored by combined veterans’ organizations. A patriotic ceremony with music, speeches by politicians, notables, rituals of respect for veterans. 

Jun 03

Local historian and scholar Sue McLane will lead a tour titled "Notable Women at Rest in Vale Cemetery" starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

"We're taking a look at some of the woman who played a role in Schenectady or New York State or America's history," McLane said. "So we're talking about women who went outside the normal role expected of them in their time period."

McLane, whose Johnstown business The Victorian Lady researches and develops programs about regional history, will cover 400 years of history. The Vale outing will visit about 10 sites in the large Schenectady cemetery.

The tour will include:

  • The grave of Clarissa Putman, the first love of Sir John Johnson, the son of Sir William Johnson.
  • The burial site of Virginia Sweet, who piloted planes during World War II.
  • The grave of Hannah Jackson, an African-American woman who was instrumental in securing the pension her husband earned during the Civil War.
  • The resting spot of Jane Yates, a member of one of Schenectay's founding families.
  • The grave site of Urania Nott, the third wife of Eliphalet Nott, a long-term president of Schenectady's Union College.

"We call it a walking tour, but we travel in a bus," McLane said. "It is rain or shine, but it is a tour that is easy for everyone."

Participants are asked to gather at the cemetery's main gate at 907 State St. The group will leave from the caretaker's house.

Adults will be asked for a $7 donation; children younger than 12 can ride for free.

Further information is available by calling 518-346-0423.

Jun 15

Celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation. A program of oratory, music and reenactment  of  Moses Viney’s flight from slavery and becoming a noted Schenectady business owner.

Jul 01

 Learn of the battles fought nearby, the patriots and the “Sons of Freedom”.

Aug 05

Led by Marsha Mortimer and Laura Lee. Vale is on the National Park Service Network to Freedom for the Moses Viney Story

Sep 02

Learn Schenectady’s role in the “War to End all Wars”.

Sep 29

Take part in the bird census.  Suitable for adults and children, amateur and experienced “birders”.

Oct 07

Epitaphs and cenotaphs convey strange stories. Learn what people wanted to convey to future generations.

Hours & Directions

We are located at 907 State St. in Schenectady, NY. 

Office: (518) 346-0423
Emergency: (518) 421-0079
Office Hours: 10 am - 4 pm M-F

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