Our Story

In the early 1980’s, Fred Field, former Supervisor of the Town of Colonie, was approached by a small of group of concerned citizens, one of whom was Jean Olton, Town historian. They advocated for the purchase of an old and deteriorating home on Old Niskayuna Road. In 1983, the Town of Colonie granted approval and purchased the house and property for $110,000. It was purchased not only to preserve and restore it as a local historic site but also to serve as the Town’s cultural and educational center. Extensive repairs ensued. Two years later, the Pruyn House opened to the public and hosted the Vanguard Showhouse. The Buhrmaster Barn from route 7 was brought to the site in 1987 and in 1996 the Verdoy Schoolhouse was added. Over the ensuing years, a carriage house, potting shed, smoke house and exterior restrooms were added. The Burhmaster Barn is a stunning venue and hosts over 20 rustic weddings per year. The Friends of Pruyn House is a non-profit corporation organized to manage and govern the site in cooperation with the Town of Colonie.