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Catherine Putman came to Cherry Hill - the 1787 home of her Van Rensselaer ancestors - at the age of three following her mother's death. Catherine's life spanned the Civil War, World War I and World War II, and was marked by major personal and social change. Our story begins with her engagement to Edward Rankin, and is told through her amazingly intact family collections of 20,000 objects, 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books and 3,000 photographs. The house is currently in its final stage of an extensive restoration, essential to safeguarding the 1787 historic house and showcase for collections. This is a rare opportunity to see the restoration process and bones of an historic structure-- the home of five generations of the Van Rensselaer family. Open April through December, guided tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 1, 2, and 3pm, family scavenger hunts 1-3pm.
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 ... View Details