Cape Cod Sold February 2014 $135,000 3 Bedroom 2 Bath on 5 Acres 1,500 square feet
Colonial on 1.7 acres Sold August 2014 $332,500 5 Bedroom, 4 1/2 Bath 3-car Garage 3,735 Square Feet
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Rensselaerville, New York is a town in southwestern Albany County with an area of slightly less than 62 square miles and a population of 1,843 as of the 2010 census.
History: Rensselaerville was named for Stephen Van Rensselaer 3rd an early lieutenant governor of New York, one of the richest men in American History, and the founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The town was originally part of the vast Manor of Rensselaerswyck. Van Rensselaer offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who would develop it. As such the resident farmers were tenants under the patroon feudal system which resulted in the Anti-Rent War at the death of Van Rensselaer in 1839.
Abundant timber and hydro power provided the necessary resources for thriving tanning, lumber, wool, and grain mills until over foresting reduced the watershed. Mechanized farming practices soon found greener and less rugged pastures elsewhere leaving the town in economic decline.
The Catalpa House was built in 1806 by Franklin Frisbee of Branford, Connecticut. The house, originally a Federal-style structure, has been twice enlarged with additions and in the 1880s was "Victorianized"" with porches, gingerbread trim and new windows. Between 1922 and 1972 Edith Lounsbury ran a boarding house.
Remaining farms became predominantly dairy pastures as pictured in the cream market house above. Today, the picturesque town is largely residential.