Introduction to Scotia, New York
Scotia, New York is 1 mile NW of Schenectady, New York and 144 miles N of New York, New York. It is in Schenectady county. The village is part of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area. The population of Scotia is 7,957.
In the 17th century, Scotsman Alexander Lindsay Glen purchased land along the north shore of the Mohawk River from Native Americans. Glen named the village Scotia, meaning Scotland in Latin. During the 19th century, the village had one of the largest Broom industries in the country and had close to 100 operating broomcorn farms. Scotia was officially incorporated as a village in 1904.
Scotia and nearby Attractions
- Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
- Shaker Heritage Society
- Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
- Peebles Island State Park
- Scotia-Glenville Children's Museum
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Scotia
Local museums and historical sites include the Schenectady County Historical Society Museum, the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, the New York Executive Mansion and the New York State Capitol. Peebles Island State Park, Thompson's Lake State Park and John Boyd Thacher State Park offer various recreational opportunities.
Air transportation is available from Albany International Airport.
Scotia Higher Education
Colleges accessible from Scotia include Schenectady County Community College, Union College, Excelsior College and the College of Saint Rose.