How Did Stone Arabia Get Its Name?
By Helen A. Nellis
“The above question is asked often by visitors
to our area, to my knowledge I do not know anyone who really knows where the
name came from. I’ve been told there was an early Stone Arabia down along the Hudson River – another Stone Arabia was located where Lansingburgh, NY is now situated. The name first appears fifty years before the Stone Arabia Patent was granted by the King in 1722. Under a
patent dated Oct. 19, 1669 Robert Sanders and Harmon Vedder bought land from the Mohican Indians near Schenectady. In 1670 Harmon Vedder conveyed his interest to Robert Sanders. In 1680 Robert Sanders sells
his farm which was commonly called ‘Steen Arabia'. Robert Sanders was an interpreter
for the Indians and probably acted as such with the Stone Arabia patentees. In some way the name of hispatentees. In some way the name of his patentees. In some way the name of his Hudson Valley farm came to be the name of the Stone Arabia Patent. There is an old tradition that the name is
a Dutch way of saying ‘pitching’ or ‘throwing stone’
– with the variations of spellings this does not shed much light on
this theory – and we know the name appears down along the Hudson
earlier than our Stone Arabia, our Stone Arabia is not especially stony.
Variations of spelling are Steen Arabia , Steen Rabbi, Stein Raby, Steinrepi, Stonraby,
probably others can be found. Some think the name has Biblical connotations, perhaps in research someday someone will
find it is a name the Palatines brought from the Palatinate. Stone Arabia is one of the jewels of the Mohawk
Valley with its rich farmland, scenery, views of the distant hills, elegant
church buildings, certainly a heritage worth preserving.
Contact Person: Richard Hayes
This page was last revised on 25 December 2011