The Swift Story

It all started from the family run ship building business in the old country. Hearing that there were many opportunities in American, he decided to leave his homeland and use the skills he had acquired over the years to start a new venture in the building of homes. In early Spring of 1834, William Swift, Master Carpenter, arrived in the town of New Scotland from York, England with his crate of saws, planes, chisels, and other hand tools.

Circa 1834

By-late Spring of the following year, the first "Swift" home was built, on the New Scotland Turnpike. It was a two bedroom 'Cape Cod' 'style with a first floor keeping room. Dug by horse power, it had a stone foundation and was built with rough sawn wood. Although contemporary in its time, it had no plumbing, electricity, insulation, -central heat or most of the items we now take for granted.

William S. Swift , the son of the first William, was a highly ambitious fellow. Besides building homes in several of the area hilltowns, he operated many business including a lumber mill and general store. He was also one of the founding fathers of a sleepy little village, Voorheesville.

More than 175 years later, well over 3,000 "Swift" homes have been built in the Hudson Valley from Fishkill to the Capital District. The Swift family is the oldest and the second largest volume family builder in the area. We are currently in our fifth and sixth generation.

Today our building family has grown from three divisions into its’ current form known as The Swift Group. It is important to us to keep abreast of the latest tends and technologies. Therefore, we have affiliated with the National, State and Local Home Builders Associations; and on a regular basis we attend seminars to compliment our on going training. William Sr. (Chairman), had over 60 years of experience, is now deceased; but has passed his legacy on. His son, William the sixth, has an engineering degree and is the president.

Although the original hand tools and methods have been replaced with modern machinery and technology, we still build our homes with the same craftsmanship and care handed down, through the generations, from the master carpenter. We are 'muddy shoe' builders, combining our vast experience with formal educations in engineering, mathematics and business, to craft homes for modern living but with the style and value we are still proud to call “Swift”.

It is with this dedication and diligence that we pledged to construct a home for you, our valued customer. Although we have built townhomes, apartments, and a shopping mall, home building is our first love. Experience, Knowledge, personal attention, longevity, proud tradition, dedication.

To read more about William Swift and Voorheesville see “Voorheesville ......” by Mr. Sullivan



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