Founded by the Dutch as New Amsterdam in the early 17th century and later established as British colony, New York distinguished itself as the most culturally diverse of the nation's thirteen colonies and a colonial leader in politics, commerce and culture. New York's rich colonial history, on display at museums and historic homes with costumed guides, can help visitors learn more about our nation's earliest struggles to forge a uniquely American identity.
The story begins in 1654 when Thomas Pell signed a treaty with the Lenape Native American people for about 50,000 acres in what is now the Bronx and Lower Westchester. The estate was reduced to 220... more
The Brookside Museum, also known as the Aldridge House, was built in the 1790s and is one of the oldest structures in the village of Ballston Spa. Currently it is the home of the Saratoga County... more