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East Berne

Berne Town, Albany County, NY

Beginnings [1]

This village, situated on the Upper Beaverdam, has a population of 70 [1896]. It was known as Werner's Mills when the town was organized, and took its present name from the establishment of a post-office in 1825. It is known locally as "Philley," a name given by Elnathan Stafford, who kept a small tavern in the neighborhood in 1820, and purchased his liquors in Philadelphia.

Nathaniel Albert and Benjamin Gallup started in the mercantile business here in 1825; and Stephen Willes, who had long controlled the trade in that part of town, started also a store on the opposite side of the street. A Masonic Lodge was started in the village in 1868 with 15 members.

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

Street Names
Heiderbberg Trail • Main Street • Route 443 • Thatcher Park Road