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Historic Cherry Hill
523 1/2 South Pearl Street
- (518) 434-4791
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- Tours: April-December: Behind-the-Scenes Restoration Tours: Wednesday and Saturday, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Group Tours: 10 or more, by reservation. Closed Christmas Eve through March.
This large, clapboarded Georgian-style home was built in 1787 by Philip Van Rensselaer, a member of the Albany region’s largest landholding family. Van Rensselaer and his descendants filled the house with Chippendale furniture, porcelain, silver, and art. In the mid-19th century, Cherry Hill had to be sold. Conscious of the home’s importance, Catherine Putman Rankin, Philip Van Rensselaer’s great-granddaughter, later purchased it and returned many of its original furnishings. In 1963, the property and all of its holdings were donated to the not-for-profit Historic Cherry Hill. Today, Cherry Hill’s contents reflect the history of the Van Rensselaer family as well as Catherine Rankin’s struggles to ensure the continued preservation of the home and its ancestral treasures.
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