Town of
Nassau
History

Big Thunder - hi res
Big Thunder site, Central Nassau Road

History

The Town of Nassau and the War of 1812:
June 18, 2012 will mark the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812.  The War officially commenced with the signing of the nation’s first Declaration of War by President James Madison on June 18, 1812. 

 

The Town of Nassau is seeking your assistance in honoring all those residents that have served.  If you know of an ancestor or resident that served in this conflict, please let us know.  If know of a veteran of the War of 1812 interred in Nassau and you know of their burial location, please inform us as we would like to honor them on the anniversary of the war.

 

Residents who fought to protect the young Republic during this conflict included Major-General John B. Wool, one of the most respected soldiers in eastern New York in those days; Captain Simeon Tifft, Captain David St. John, Stephen Van Rensselaer Bateman, Reuben Rogers, Varnum Babcock, Jacob Cole, Jeremiah Tifft, Thomas Tobias, Isaac Wheeler and George Launt.

 

Please contact the Town Supervisor’s Office at 518.766.3559 ext. 2 or supervisor@townofnassau.org with information regarding Nassau residents who served.

 

Many thanks for your assistance as we continue to honor those that have sacrificed so much for the freedom and security of generations to come.

Historical Review of Nassau created for our 200th Anniversary:

On March 31, 2006, the Town of Nassau celebrated in grand style, the 200th anniversary of its founding.  The town was formed from portions of Schodack, Stephentown and Petersburgh on March 31, 1806.  Its original name was Philipstown, in honor of Patroon Philip Van Rensselaer.  The name was changed to Nassau on April 6, 1808.

 

Click here for the full text of the review.

Contacts:
Town Historian
Melody Howarth
Phone: 518.766.9324
Documents:
This is a file listing our town's civil war soldiers and war dead. 
2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of hostilities in the American Civil War.  The start of the conflict was April 12, 1861.  In a solemn remembrance of this occasion and those lost in our communities, churches across Rensselaer County will toll their bells at noon on April 12, 2011.  You are invited to join members of the our community on that date at Nassau Town Hall, 29 Church Street, Nassau, for recognition of this anniversary starting at 11:45 a.m.

Scores of Rensselaer County families were forever impacted by this devastating conflict.  This small act is a way to remember the sacrifices of so many who came before us and reminds us of those fighting for freedom today.

The ringing of the bells and this brief cremony is the Town of Nassau’s first recognition of this anniversary year.  The Town’s Historic Preservation Committee will continue to work with volunteers to produce free events and programs for the public this year.  Please be sure to visit this website for more information.

If you hear the bells at noon on April 12, please take a moment to remember sacrifice and give thanks.
 
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Big Thunder Home - hi res
Hoags Corners - hi res
Hoags Tavern - hi res
Budd Tavern - hi res
Nassau Academy - hi res