The History of the Stockade Inn
The building that is now the Stockade Inn traces its roots back to 1662 when Arendt Van Curler, the founder of Schenectady, selected the site for his first home. Thereafter, in 1814, the present building was constructed and housed the Mohawk Bank, one of Schenectady's first banks. In or around 1845, nearby Union College acquired the property for use as classrooms.
In 1903, the building was purchased by the Mohawk Club, a Schenectady hunting club. During the 20th century, membership climbed dramatically with the rise of General Electric as a global conglomerate. However, as the 20th century came to a close, Mohawk Club membership declined and the building was sold to the McDonald family in 2003.
The McDonald family had a vision and undertook to transform the private Mohawk Club into the Stockade Inn, Schenectady's finest boutique hotel and wedding venue. Over the course of the next 16 years, the Stockade Inn took shape. With its 18 elegantly appointed guest rooms, each with private bath and modern amenities, its ornate and spacious function spaces for weddings, showers, parties and meetings and its bar and lounge featuring local craft beers, a diverse menu of seasonal cuisine and live local jazz every Thursday and Friday night, the Stockade Inn is Schenectady's most intimate and most sought out venue.
In 2019, the McDonald family sold the Stockade Inn to the Gregor family. The Gregors already owned hotels in Lake George and Maine. Perhaps it was fate as the Gregor's oldest child, Joseph, then seven, was sitting with his father, Rob Gregor, looking at hotels for sale. Joseph identified the Stockade Inn and told his dad to take a closer look. Wanting to encourage his son in the family business, Rob looked deeper at the Stockade Inn and was instantly memorized with its character, beauty and historic charm. Several months later,
Today, the Gregor's operate the Stockade Inn as the McDonald's did. It has always been, and will always be, an intimate affair founded upon the quality of the relationships forged between our family and our guests.