Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York household. One of Albany's most recognizable landmarks, Cherry Hill was built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer and continuously lived in until 1963 by extended family, enslaved people, descendants, and servants—who left artifacts, documents, and stories behind.
The Rankins: Struggling with the Loss of their World guided tours
Join us for a story of how the last two generations at Cherry Hill responded to social, economic, and personal change at the turn of the 20th century. Artifacts in each room vividly tell the story of Catherine Rankin’s loss of her wealth and near loss of her ancestral home—and her family’s struggle to regain their financial standing and restore Cherry Hill to its colonial grandeur. This “warts and all” tour addresses such topics as immigration, child indenture, women’s suffrage, American identity, and the roots of prejudice.
Self-Guided Tours of the Gardens & Grounds:
Looking for a new spot to picnic, take photos, or explore the outdoors?
The historic gardens and grounds are open and free to the public during tour times, no reservation required.
Open May through November,* guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 12, 1, 2, and 3pm. Expanded schedule during the summer months.
*Open hours subject to change, call or email the museum for the most current offerings.