The Asa Eddy family lived in Stephentown between 1794 and 1905. While the homestead and other structures have long since disappeared, and forest has reclaimed the farm, an early family cemetery, along with stone foundations and other evidence, can still be seen on the landscape. Warren Broderick, a descendant of the Eddy family, author, archivist and researcher, will bring the history of an early farm in Rensselaer County back to life.
Participants will take an easy/moderate hike about two-and-a-half miles along an abandoned road in the Towns of Nassau and Stephentown to visit the farm site, and family cemetery, hear about an infamous 19th century local murder and reputed haunting, and view other abandoned farm sites along our route. The hike will conclude through hiking trails at the Albert Family Community Forest, a 353 acre forest owned by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. This was part of the Hayes farm which adjoined the Eddy farm on the south.
Contact outing coordinator Peter Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.