About 25 miles southwest of Albany is the charming one-street village of Rensselaerville, originally settled in the late 1700s by Connecticut families who arrived via Long Island. On the National Register of Historic Places, the village is filled with restored post-Colonial and Greek Empire homes, many built by Ephraim Russ (1784–1853), a talented carpenter-architect who once lived in the village.
On Main Street, you’ll find lots of shops selling the handiwork of Valley craftspeople, including jewelers, fiber artists, glass-blowers, and ceramists. Rensselaerville is also home to the Rensselaerville Institute (Rte. 85, 518/797-3783), which houses a small gallery (9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri.) and presents concerts during the summer.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition