To honor the memory
Arendt Van Curler
Acknowledged leader of the
fifteen original settlers of Schenectady.
Born at Nijkerk, Holland, 1620;
Came to New Amsterdam, 1638;
To Schenectady, 1662;
Resided here until death.
Home lot, southeast quarter of this block.
Cousin of Patroon Kilian Van Rensselaer;
Often consulted by Governor Nicolls;
Highly respected by the Governors of Canada,
and rescued many Christians from hands of Mohawks
He was an adventurous, enterprising leader
among the pioneers of the Western World,
who with wisdom, justice and humanity
administered the affairs of an important colony,
and as Embassador to the Indians
cemented relations of friendship,
and shaped the wilderness of New Netherland
for uses of advancing civilization.
Drowned in Lake Champlain, July 1667,
while on his way to visit Detracy, Viceroy of Canada,
upon his invitation.
Erected September 29, 1909, By
The Historical and Netherlands Societies
Hudson - Fulton Celebration.