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Going Dutch
Albany's Dutch roots make it distinct among early American cities. The Dutch settled Albany nearly 100 years before the English arrived, and today, much evidence of this early colonial power remains. Learn what makes Albany unique, and how Dutch traditions helped inform the nation we live in today.
• Sit by the fire and hear about daily life in the early colonial days at Crailo State Historic Site, the only remaining fortified home on the Hudson River.
• See how the other half lived at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Philip Schuyler's elegant mansion on the hill.
• Raise a pint at the Olde English Pub and Pantry, a pub located in the historic Quackenbush Square.
• Tour First Church of Albany, the second oldest church in New York State, with the oldest pulpit in America, whose congregants included Philip Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton, and Teddy Roosevelt.
From Clinton's Ditch to Eighth Wonder of the World:
Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal was once billed the eighth wonder of the world. Travel this watery byway and learn why. This man-made river has a story to tell, about America, about our people, about what we work to build and protect.
• Learn how locks work by seeing a real one in action, aboard Dutch Apple Cruises.
• Discover the hardworking communities that sprang up alongside the Erie Canal at the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center.
• Follow the complete history of the Erie Canal from idea to completion at the New York State Museum's special exhibit, "Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal."
• Paddle and explore where the Erie Canal meets the mighty Hudson River.
Something's Brewing in Albany: Tour Albany's Craft Beverage Producers
Albany and beer have been tied together since the city's earliest Dutch settlers arrived. Today, the tradition continues at our local breweries and craft beverage producers. Imbibe our history by sipping your way through 400 years of brewing culture.
• Order up a flight of hand-crafted beers at downtown's own CH Evans Brewing Company at the historic Albany Pump Station.
• Learn brewing from a master brewer, who's won three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival at Druthers Brewing Company in Albany's Warehouse District.
• Sip cider at Nine Pin Cider Works and learn why cider has become the hip new beverage.
• Catch the spirit of Albany when you take the tasting tour at Albany Distilling Company, the city's first spirits manufacturer since Prohibition.
Hamilton in Albany
Now a Broadway sensation, Alexander Hamilton spent much of his time in Albany. Learn more about this founding father’s relationship with 400-year old Albany.
• Tour Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, where this famed Federalist met and wed his wife Eliza. They lived in the mansion for two years following their wedding.
• Visit Ten Broeck Mansion the family home of Dirck Ten Broeck, who was Hamilton’s clerk.
• See First Church in Albany where the Schuylers were congregants, and where Hamilton’s eulogy was delivered, and turned the national tide against duels.

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