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Village Historian-Kristina Saddlemire
historian@villageofschuylerville.org

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Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad  in Schuylerville

by Kristina Saddlemire
Historian, Village of Schuylerville


In the 1850s, Daniel Meader was a Schuylerville businessman and local resident. He was also involved with the Underground Railroad. “Uncle Daniel,” as he was referred to in his 1887 obituary, was one of many of the greater Schuylerville area residents that were staunch supporters of the Abolitionist Movement.
 
The Village of Schuylerville is known throughout the world for its rich and unique history. Its known history dates back to prehistoric eras, when Native American peoples set up seasonal camps along the Hudson River and Fish Creek, benefiting from the abundant game and vegetation. During the French and Indian wars, early settlements were the sites of French raiding party sacks, and during the American Revolution, the Village of Schuylerville played a pertinent role in the infamous Surrender at Saratoga, the turning point of the American Revolution. The water power of Fish Creek and the Hudson River was harnessed by early industrialists, making Schuylerville a prominent and wealthy mill village. The Champlain Canal also came through the Village, and the Village hosted a turn around basin, and dry docks. Another layer to Schuylerville’s rich history that is currently being brought to light is the history of the reformists that lived in the area during the 19th century.
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The Village of Schuylerville and industry:

The Village of Schuylerville is well known for its contribution to industry. Early business leaders built factories along Fish Creek and the Hudson River, and used the waters to power their factories and ship their goods. Many of these mills were contributors to the garment industry; the Village was home to both a linen and cotton mill. It should be no surprise then, that Village of Schuylerville was also the home of fashion designer, entrepreneur, and woman's rights activist, Ellen Curtis Demorest, the woman credited with creating the first mass-marketed paper pattern for the construction of clothing.
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