Rensselaerville Colonial Farm 9+ Acres New Colonial Home 12147 Escape to your very own private compound! Enjoy this home filled with happiness and take in the serene mountain and village views. Used as a country getaway for a NY socialite, add to its young history where lavish parties have entertained celebrities and business elites! Endless possibilities abound in this agriculturally designated property. Enjoy the quaint village and see why the upper-class has fallen in love with this home away from home. Private road allows for a peaceful retreat! Priced to sell!
Rensselaerville Colonial Farm 9+ Acres
According to the U. S. Census for 2000, the town has a total area of 61.9 square miles and a population of 1,915 people, 96% white. The median income for a household is $42,391 and the per capita income for the town is $20,921.
Rensselaerville was once part of the Manor of Rensselaerswyck, as such the people who farmed the land were technically leaseholders of the patroon under a feudal system, first as part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, then under the English colony, and then US state, of New York. Some of the earliest settlement in Rensselaerville was along the five Native American paths that crossed the town in the early 18th century. The southwestern corner along one of these, that connected the Hudson River to the Schoharie Valley was the first section of the town to be settled, this would be around 1712. This path was also the one used during wars between the Stockbridge Indians and those at Schoharie.
Shortly after the Revolutionary War, Stephen Van Rensselaer III advertised “free” tracts of land of 160 acres to anyone who would develop the land. After seven years, farmers had to pay an annual rent of four fat fowls, 18 bushels of wheat and a day’s service. The rents were perpetual and binding on subsequent purchasers of the land and the patroon reserved mineral and water rights. These “incomplete sales” led to the Anti-Rent Rebellion 1839-1889, which influenced the wording of the Federal Homestead Act of 1862 and opened up the west to settlement.
Rensselaerville was created from part of the town of Watervliet in 1790. In 1795, the northern part of the town was lost to create the new town of Berne. Additional territory was lost from the eastern part of the town upon the formation of the town of Westerlo in 1815. In 1795 after Shays’ Rebellion Daniel Shays moved from Massachusetts to Preston Hollow, a hamlet in Rensselaerville. His son became one of the leading citizens of the town.
Rensselaerville Colonial Farm
For nearly a hundred years thereafter, the township thrived, with dense forests of hemlock providing bark used for tanning leather and abundant water power making milling of lumber, grain and wool important industries for many years. The local grist mills and ready markets helped support a robust agricultural community in the surrounding countryside.
By the mid-1800’s, however, the forest resources began to dwindle and rail and water transportation for goods bypassed the hamlet. Industry moved closer to less expensive means of transportation and mechanized farming techniques proved more efficient on large, flat expanses of land. Further, as forests were cut, the land lost its ability to retain rainfall, causing a severe drop in the watershed. One by one, the water-dependent mills went out of business. As others left our rocky hills for better opportunities in the newly-opened west, a few hardy farmers stayed on.
Today, Rensselaerville is mostly residential, with an interesting blend of retirees, young professionals, and descendants of early settlers. Much stunning 18th century architecture remains, tastefully adapted for contemporary use, and agriculture remains essential to the character of the town.
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- Price: $439,000
- Property ID: 4709
- Prop. Class: Residential
- County: Albany
- Contact: David Birch
- Agent Title: Broker
- Cell: 5518-928-7239
- Brokerage: Barns & Farms Realty LLC
- Phone: 518-392-6400
- Town: Rensselaerville