West Berne

Berne Town, Albany County, NY

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Beginnings [1]

Located on the Lower Beaverdam near the site of Post's Mill. It has a population [1896] of 125 inhabitants.

The place was known as Mechanicsville between a830 and 1834 owing to the number of mechanics living there. It has now the local name of Peoria, which was given it by Paul Settle, the miller, who owned property in the city of Peoria, Illinois. The oldest dwelling in the place is that of John D. Haverly, built by William Shultes about 1800. Levi Ewings manufactured felt hats on the site of the furniture store of Chales Blade in 1850. The grocery store of William Posson was established by Peter Settle in 1824, and that of Hiram Woolford by Paul I. Cannaday in 1854. There are 2 churches. Two taverns are kept by Joseph Lee and James P. Miller respectively. The Postmaster is P.H. Clow.

  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
Bradt Hollow Road • Heiderbberg Trail • Route 443

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