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New Scotland Town

New Scotland Town Hall is located at 2029 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands NY 12159; phone: 518-439-5721.

Beginnings [1]

New Scotland was formed from Bethlehem and incorporated in 1832. The Helderberg mountains rise along the town's western border. The principal streams are the Norman Kill, Vly Creek, Vlaaman (Flaman's Creek), and Onisquethau Creek.

The land that forms this town was once a part of the Van Rensselaer Manor, part of it was included in Jan Hendrickse Van Baal's purchase of 69,000 acres from the Mohawk Indians in 1660. The first settlements were made around Normans Kill about 1700 by the La Granges and Koenrad Koens. Several families in the vicinity took their leases from these families as early as 1716. The first settler on the Onisquethau flats was Teunis Slingerland, who came from Holland and purchased nearly 10,000 acres around 1600. The deed to this land is said to have been signed by 3 different Indian chiefs. Slingerland soon married, built a dwelling, and established mills. Between 1700 and 1750, a considerable number of settlers came into the area, bringing with them the customs of the old world and the industrious nature of the race they represented.

  1. Amasa J. Parker, editor, Landmarks of Albany County New York, D. Mason & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, 1897.
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