Vischer Ferry, New York
|Municipality||Town of Clifton Park|
|Elevation||213 ft (65 m)|
|- summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP Code||12148 (Rexford)|
Vischer Ferry is named for the family of Nicholas Vischer, who built a house beside the river in 1735. At that time the Mohawk Valley was claimed by the Iroquois League and by the British Province of New York. The American Revolutionary War destroyed Iroquois settlements in the valley and established the State of New York.
The site became known as Vischer's Ferry after Nicholas Vischer's son, Eldert Vischer, opened a rope ferry at the site in 1790. The ferry connected Ferry Road on the north shore to Ferry Road on the opposite bank at Niska Isle. By 1800, a tavern and store were located there. Construction of the Erie Canal by 1825 linked the Mohawk River to Lake Erie.
As the canal declined in importance, Vischer Ferry became relatively isolated. A bridge built across the river at Vischer Ferry in 1900 was destroyed by ice in 1902. Later attempts to secure state funding for a bridge were unsuccessful. Because of its isolation, the village preserved much of its nineteenth-century Greek Revival character. In October 1975 the Vischer Ferry Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Abraham Best House was added in 2011.
A nearby concrete dam was completed in 1913 for hydroelectric use and to aid river navigation. Owned by New York Power Authority the Vischer Ferry Dam, also known as Dam 3, is 30 feet (9.1 m) high and 1,919 feet (585 m) long.
The Mohawk Towpath Byway passes through Vischer Ferry.
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- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 7/11/11 through 7/15/11. National Park Service. 2011-07-22.
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- John L. Scherer, "Vischer Ferry Volunteer Fire Company Celebrates 50 Years", 1997.
- Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve website
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, "Governor Designates Vischer Ferry Bird Conservation Area (BCA)", Environment DEC (December 2006).