stockade-cell-tours.JPGHistoric Neighborhood Oldest Settled Area in States 9th Largest City Schenectady, N.Y. - The house at 205 Union St., where the English Garden Bed & Breakfast is located, was the home of Alexander Ellice, a noted fur trader in 18th century Schenectady. During the American Revolution, Ellice, loyal to the crown, fled to England. It was a time of divided loyalties among residents of Schenectady's earliest settlement, the Stockade. Some sympathized with the rebel Colonists in their goal of independence while others remained loyal to Britain. The Union Street B&B is the source of one of many tales available on a new cellphone audio tour of the Stockade Historic District. The tour was designed to provide residents and visitors alike with interesting facts about the historic urban neighborhood, its houses, interesting architecture and notable people. There are more than 20 different stops that can be accessed on the tour right now, but it's a work in progress. Those who take the tour will have an opportunity at the end of each stop to give feedback for the producers who will be adding more stops and stories in the future. The first stop provides walkers with an overview of the Stockade. A list of the stops and map can be downloaded from the Stockade Neighborhood Association's website at With the list in hand, simply call 518-387-3282 to start touring.  (The number also works for armchair tourists at home.) "Part of the Stockade Association's mission is to preserve and promote the historic importance of our neighborhood and, in partnership with Schenectady County, to encourage revitalization through tourism. We think our new audio tour of the Stockade will go a long way toward advancing both goals," said Mary D'Alessandro-Gilmore, president of the Stockade Neighborhood Association. She said the association, which provided funds for the project as did the Schenectady County Initiative Program, was particularly pleased to be able to produce the tour as an educational opportunity for visitors, residents, potential residents, schools and other organizations. Added D'Alessandro:" I applaud Carol DeLaMarter for her incredible determination, tenacity, and passion, which resulted in the realization of this audio tour project.  The Stockade Association also appreciates the invaluable assistance and resources of the Schenectady County Historical Association and Colonial Schenectady Project." The Stockade neighborhood is the original Dutch settlement 350 years ago from which the city of Schenectady grew. In 1962, it was designated as New York State's first historic district. It is bounded by College Street on the east, Union Street on the south and the Binnekill and Mohawk River on the west and north sides. The "stockade" refers to fortifications that protected the early settlements. The cellphone audio tour is powered by OnCell, a worldwide provider of informational content to cellphones, smartphones and tablets for a variety of organizations and institutions. For more information: Carol DeLaMarter at 518 393 4725 or  


About Proctors In January 2012, Proctors was designated as the Tourism Promotion Agency for Schenectady County.  As the official Schenectady County Visitors Agency (SCVA), Proctors is charged with the facilitation of I Love NY tourism marketing dollars and the creation and support of initiatives to bring people into Schenectady County. Proctors is the only attraction in NYS that is a TPA! If you have anything you feel would make a great spotlight please let me know! For more information on Proctors as SCVA, contact Leesa Perazzo, Special Events/Group Sales Manager at 518•382•3884 x 187 or or Katherine Stephens, Special Events and Group Sales, 518.382.3884 x134, CONTACT: Thom O'Connor 518-382-3884 X166