In the pre-dawn hours of August 2nd, 1826, Alexander Stewart Scott stepped aboard the steamboat Chambly in Quebec City, Canada. He was beginning a journey that not only took him across New York State but also ultimately changed his view of America and her people.
A keen observer, the 21-year-old Scott meticulously recorded his travel experiences, observations about the people he encountered, impressions of things he saw, and reactions to events he witnessed.
Historian Paul G. Schneider, Jr. is set to speak about Scott’s journey across New York State, at the Alice T. Miner Museum on Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm. Schneider’s presentation will take the audience through Scott’s journey, from uncomfortable stagecoach rides to the wonders of packet boat travel on the newly completed Erie Canal.
Scott’s little-known travel journal, Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott, is now available in a new edition from SUNY Press, edited by Schneider.
This presentation is free and open to the public. Copies of Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott will be available for purchase. The cost is $23.95.
The Alice T. Miner Museum is located at 9618 State Route 9 in Chazy. More information is available on their website.