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Berne Town

Berne Town Hall is located at 1656 Heiderberg Trail, Berne NY 12023; phone: 518-872-1448.

Beginnings [1]

There were but about eight families who originally settled this town. These were the Weidmans, Zehs, Balls, Deitzes, Knieskems, Shultes, Basslers and Hochstrassers. Jacob Weidman was one of the pioneer settlers and is supposed to have been the leader of the party. He came from the City of Berne, Switzerland, with his wife and four sons and located in the town as early as 1750.

Jacob Weidman took up land on the banks of the Foxenkill, on a site of the village of Berne, a tract covering many hundreds of acres, and reaching in width from the village of Berne to the road running northward near the boarding house of Jacob Hochstrasser.

He has been by occupation a miller in his native city of Berne. He located himself at a point on the Foxenkill where he thought a mill could be best planted, and here established the first grist-mill and saw-mill in the town. These mills were known as early as 1787 as Weidman's Mills.

  1. Tenney, Jonathan, et. al., History of the County of Albany, N.Y., from 1609 to 1886, W. W. Munsell and Co., Publishers, 1886.
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