The Pine Bush has played an important historical
role in the development of Albany and Schenectady and is enshrined
in the literary heritage of the United States. The Song of Hiawatha
by William Wadsworth Longfellow is sung by the Indian brave
from the Vale of Tawasentha located in the Pine Bush. George
Washington wrote of the Pine Bush in his diaries while traveling
in upstate New York during the Revolutionary War. In Moby Dick,
Herman Melville describes the dark beauty of the Pine Bush in
a long account of a stage coach ride from Albany to Schenectady.
Vladimir Nabokov and other writers have written about the mystery
and beauty of the Pine Bush.
Native American artifacts abound in the Pine Bush
at many sites. Over the years, many have been found, including
this stone wood scraper used for hollowing out wood for such
things as dug-out canoes. However, little or no excavation or
reasearch has been done on these sites. This artifact was found
by John Wolcott in Guilderland.