Guided tours of the historic house
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00.
What was it like in Albany during World War I? Come to the Albany History Fair at Historic Cherry Hill to experience it! Cross Cherry Hill’s threshold into the year 1918, where actors and virtual reality will transport you to the end of World War I. Then step outside to enjoy crafts, music, trivia, and reconnoiter with reenactors!
On May 7, 1827, a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. Come relive that night! Meet the historical players, walk in the footsteps of a murderer, and revel in harrowing titillation during this annual October event! Reservations required. Click here to register: Murder at Cherry Hill
Behind-the-Scenes Restoration tours for private groups of 10 or more. $3 per person.
Let us come to you! Historic Cherry Hill can present these illustrated talks at your location. $25 for organizations within the city of Albany; $35 for organizations outside of Albany.
The Director of Historic Cherry Hill provides an overview of the workings of the historic house museum as an institution, offering an often hidden view of how house museums work. Learn about the museum's mission, vision, and current initiatives as well as the challenges facing all cultural institutions today.
Historic Cherry Hill's collection distinguishes the museum from most others. Its 70,000 items, spanning over two centuries and ranging from the rare to the mundane, all belonged to one family — the Van Rensselaers of Cherry Hill. This talk explores some of the unique objects in the collection, the family's motivation for accumulating and saving its possessions, and how the museum's significant collections have defined its course today.
In 1827, a murder occurred at the Cherry Hill farm, home of the well known Van Rensselaer family. The crime aroused tremendous public interest, and the subsequent trial culminated in the last public hanging in Albany. Although it appeared to be a crime of passion, it uncovered some simmering issues of the day including women's roles and legal rights, social class, punishment and the law, and slavery in New York. Hear the words of those involved in the crime and decide whom you think was guilty or innocent.
Schuyler Mansion and Cherry Hill were built around the same time by related families living within a stone's throw of one another. But how similar are they really, and how similar were the people who built and inhabited them? This lecture will explore the “shades of gentility” in 18th-century Albany by examining the homes and possessions of three prominent Albanians: Philip Van Rensselaer (1747-1798), Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), and Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839).
Exciting and innovative programs which meet Common Core Learning Standards! Questions? Call Shawna Reilly, Education Coordinator at (518) 434-4791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This hands-on program creatively combines history, economics, science, ELA and math. Students role play using a 34-foot game board to experience the challenges of 18th-century trade and travel on the Hudson River, discover how Hudson River trade was linked to global trade and visit the planetarium to explore celestial navigation. In partnership with the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center.
History takes on a whole new meaning when seen through the lens of a detective! Students become hands-on detectives of history as they investigate documents, photographs, and objects to learn more about six people who lived at Cherry Hill in the mid-1800s. The program includes a "connections game" exploring household dynamics and concludes with students participating in a Reader's Theater activity.
Students become historians in their own right. Designed for classroom use, Historic Cherry Hill teaching units use a wide variety of primary sources to engage students in analyzing and interpreting historical evidence. Cross-curricular and “teacher friendly.” Award winners, American Association for State and Local History.