Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Scenes and Sites of Scotia

The Teddy Building, located at the intersection of Mohawk Avenue and Sacandaga Road, as it appeared in 1920. The building was demolished in the 1990s. Note the businesses on the ground floor and apartments on the second and third floors. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 

These images, selected and captioned by Library Volunteer Ann Eignor, show scenes from days gone by in Scotia. Interested in seeing more? Visit our Library to see more of our photograph collections or to learn more about the history of the village of Scotia.

In 1954, Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In opened. When it opens for business on the last Thursday of March each year, spring has officially arrived -- whether Mother Nature agrees or not. Image from Larry Hart Collection.

This 1916 photo was taken near Mohawk Avenue and Toll Street. The trolley allowed workers in Schenectady to move across the river to Scotia. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection. 

This view of Scotia High School and the surrounding area was taken from the water tower on Second Street around 1910. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection.

The Abraham Glen House was built in 1730. In 1842, the house and acreage were purchased by the Collins family. The house now serves as the Scotia branch of the Schenectady County Public Library. Image from Larry Hart Collection. 

The C.H. Smith blacksmith shop was located on Schonowe Avenue, just off of the old Mohawk Bridge, in the early 1900s. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection.

This photograph shows Mohawk Avenue as it appeared in 1949. How many of these businesses do you remember? Image from Larry Hart Collection.

The Glen-Sanders Mansion as it appeared in April 1987, before additions were built to make the site a restaurant and inn. The building seen here was constructed in 1713. The Glen family were among the earliest settlers of Scotia. Image from Larry Hart Collection.

Scotia Bowling Palace was located at 115 Mohawk Avenue. As early as 1912, the building was a bowling alley and skating rink. This photograph was likely taken around 1930. Image from Larry Hart Collection.

The family of Daniel Henry Slover at his home, 212 Mohawk Avenue, posed for this photograph around 1910. Dan Slover (in carriage) loved racing his friends down Mohawk Avenue. Image from Larry Hart Collection.

J.H. Buhrmaster Co. was established in the early 1900s and incorporated in 1927. Today's energy company sold coal, feed, cement, brick, and lime in its early days. Image from Grems-Doolittle Library Photograph Collection.


  1. love the old pics of scotia...was born and raised there...55-60 till I moved to east glenville

  2. Love these pictures!

  3. I love Scotia grew up there it was kind of like a Norman Rockwell town not the same anymore though it's changed a lot