News From Vale

December 1, 2012

Moses Viney

The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom has announced that Vale Cemetery will be included in its historic itinerary. Vale is the resting place of Moses Viney, a runaway slave from Maryland who became Union College President Eliphalet Nott’s chauffeur and confidant.

Upon Nott’s death, Viney received a bequest from Nott that enabled him to establish a livery business and subsequently became a highly respected businessman in the community. In addition to Viney, Richard P.G. Wright, a documented Underground Railroad agent, is also interred in Vale as are abolitionists, Rev. Isaac Groot Duryea, John Wendell, and Francis Dana.

Erica Fugger, a Union College student intern, researched Vale Cemetery’s application to the National Park Service.

Inclusion on the Park Services’ list of recognized sites is expected to increase tourist and Underground Railroad scholars’ visits to Vale and should enhance Vale’s chances of qualifying for future historical grants.

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June 28, 2012

Thanks to financial support from the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners, Fenimore Asset Management Foundation, and Metroplex, Phase II of the Urban Loop Bike Path in Vale was completed in October. An additional stretch was paved along Millionaires’ Row and the Social Service section.

This will allow the hundreds of Stockadathon runners to enter Vale Park at Nott Terrace and exit Vale Cemetery at Brandywine Avenue. Moving the race from State Street reduces the need for additional police at several intersections and decreases traffic patterns that negatively impact church attendance along the course (note: The run is usually held on Sundays). Many Stockadathon runners lauded these improvements to the course.

The Stockadathon is one of the older 15k running events on the East Coast and draws entrants from a wide geographic area.

The Bike Path Downtown Loop enters Vale Park at the Nott Terrace gate after coming up Franklin Street. Passing through Vale Park, it enters the cemetery near the Green Burial area, wending along the road past Millionaires’ Row and the Social Service area, exiting via Brandywine Avenue, continuing up Brandywine to Bradley Boulevard and into Central Park.

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