Adamsville was a name of the northeastern or northern part of the Village of Lansingburgh beginning around the 1840s. It might have referred to anything north of 119th Street. One significant business in the area was Newton Adams’ Rope Walk, another Tammany Hall. The name Adamsville seems not to have been used much after 1928; why that should have been is uncertain, though possibly it was to avoid confusion with the hamlet of Adamsville in the Town of Kingsbury, Washington County, New York.


James J. [I.] Adams, an old and esteemed citizen, died at his residence, in the village, a few days ago. He represented the town in the Board of Supervisors several years. His name is identified with the prosperity of the village by reason of his connection with Mr. A. A. Peebles, and purchasing the property in the north part of the village—now known as Adamsville—and laying it out in village lots, which has grown to become a most thriving and important part of the village. His last efforts were in connection with Messrs. Vail, Whipple & Peebles, in the purchase of the Lansing farm, through which the new avenue runs, and laying them out also in village lots since which time declining health has prevented further activity.
Troy Daily Whig. January 12, 1867: 1 col 2.


Baxterville seems to have been another name for the area, or part of it. A Charles Baxter lived in the Oil Mill Hill area and had been one of the opponents in 1869 of an attempt by Troy to annex Lansingburgh. This name might (?) also have been phased out partly because of another community by the same name, the hamlet of Baxterville in the Town of Norfolk, St. Lawrence County, New York.


FOR SALE […] a dwelling house 2 stories high, and one 1 1/2 stories high, situated at the foot of Oil Mill Hill in Baxterville, with an unexpired lease of about 60 acres of land. Troy Daily Whig. August 9, 1844: 3 col 3.


An Adamsville Community Association formed in 1925 existed until at least 1929, and opened an Adamsville Playground on Oil Mill Hill.

1846 map of Adamsville the fourth and northernmost ward of the Village of Lansingburgh

"Plan of [Village of] Lansingburgh" detail cropped and lightened from Rogerson, A. E, E. A Balch, and Robert Pearsall Smith. Map of Rensselaer County, New York: from actual surveys. [Troy N.Y.: E.A. Balch, publisher, 1854] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2013593230/>

“Plan of [Village of] Lansingburgh” detail cropped and lightened from Rogerson, A. E, E. A Balch, and Robert Pearsall Smith. Map of Rensselaer County, New York: from actual surveys. [Troy N.Y.: E.A. Balch, publisher, 1854] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/2013593230/>

THE Trustees have caused a good well and pump to be built in Adamsville. it works well, and the supply of water is ample and abundant.
Lansingburgh Democrat. October 5, 1854: 2 col 3.

The M. E. Sabbath School at Adamsville have a Pick-nic, on Friday to-morrow at 2 o’clock, P. M., in Lansings and McLannahan’s Grove, north of Lansing’s vault. The public are invited to attend.
Lansingburgh Democrat. July 8, 1858: 2 col 4.

Simon Hanaman, the late proprietor of the Adamsville grocery, has opened a grocery at the corner of Hoosick and River Streets, Troy.
Semi-Weekly Chronicle. May 7, 1864: 3 col 1.

FIRE.—A fire occurred on Monday night, in Adamsville, consuming the wooden shed adjoining the brick store, occupied by Peter Wallace. The premises, we believe belonged to George Perry, and were partially consumed Several years since. We suppose there was no insurance.
Semi-Weekly Chronicle. July 13, 1864: 3 col 2.

—Shortly after noon, Sunday, a kitchen shed attached to the dwelling of VISSCHER KNIGHT’S in the upper part of the village of Lansingburg, or Adamsville, caught fire, and was consumed in a short time. The steamer J. E. Whipple was on hand, but its services were not needed.
Semi-Weekly Chronicle. September 17, 1864: 3 col 2.

A Lady has opened an evening session in the Adamsville school house for the teaching of Penmanship and Book-keeping, three evenings in each week. She is said to be well skilled in those two branches, and is an excellent teacher.
Semi-Weekly Chronicle. December 28, 1864: 3 col 1.

Mr. Nathan G. Bidwell, formerly principal of the Adamsville school, has been appointed to the principalship of the Public School in Waterford.—A good appointment.
Lansingburgh Weekly Chronicle. March 14, 1865: 3 col 3.

Rev. Mr. Cooke, of Trinity Church, has arranged to preach at the Adamsville school-house every Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Lansingburgh Weekly Chronicle. May 9, 1865: 3 col 1.

—The Adamsville Engine House is for sale, cheap. Enquire of A. Seaman or George Still, for particulars.
Lansingburgh Weekly Chronicle. February 6, 1866: 3 col 3.

Saturday night would be nothing without a fire. The last one was at the Adamsville rope walk. The fire was quickly extinguished without much damage.
“Local Topics.” Lansingburgh Gazette. November 18, 1876: 3 col 1.

—The brick store and dwelling in Adamsville belonging to the estate of James Fay, was sold at auction Thursday by Thomas McClenahan, executor, for $720.
Lansingburgh Gazette. January 12, 1878: 3 col 1.

A Tall Woman.

The inhabitants of Adamsville, in the neighborhood of Sloan’s hotel, say that a tall woman has been prowling around nights after 10 o’clock in that vicinity. A party of men gave chase on Tuesday night, but were unable to catch her, as she is said to be very fleet of foot and an expert at jumping fences.
Lansingburgh Courier. July 12, 1884: 3 col 3.

Lemuel Clapp of Adamsville reports that thieves have despoiled his hennery.
“Notes About Town.” Lansingburgh Courier. November 20, 1886: 3 col 1.

—A Saratoga man has purchased Geo. Candercook’s black pony Adamsville Bell.
Lansingburgh Courier. February 2, 1893: 4 col 1.

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