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Historic Cherry Hill

523 1/2 S Pearl St, Albany, New York 12202 USA

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“come learn the history of the Rankins”

Historic Cherry Hill encourages the public to connect emotionally with one Albany family's response to change, in order to gain critical perspective on the past and present. The museum accomplishes its mission by developing engaging programs and publications based on the site's amazingly intact collections of 20,000 objects, 30,000 manuscripts, 7,500 textiles, 5,000 books and 3,000 photographs. Built in 1787, Cherry Hill was lived in continuously by five generations of the Van Rensselaer family until 1963. Since the family's initial ownership, Cherry Hill has been, and continues to be part of a significantly changing community. Changes to the house and in the lives of each succeeding generation reflect the broader community well. The museum opened to the public in 1964, and in the early years, the Trustees, with the guidance of museum professionals, adopted a "preservation site" philosophy for the care and interpretation of the house. This philosophy embraced the idea that the house be left as it was given--as a twentieth century home which reflects the changes and continuities of 176 years of family occupancy in an ever-evolving community. The site of the famous Cherry Hill murder. Many people have claimed seeing an unidentified ghost on the grounds.

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September 02, 2016

The Ménage A Trois of Ghosts
Hometown Haunts-Cherry Hill-523 S Pearl St, Albany, NY
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The home is infamous for being the scene of the crime that resulted in Albany's last public hanging. In 1827, John Whipple, one of the residents of the estate at the time, was murdered by his wife's lover, Jesse Strang, who would later be sentenced to death for his crime.
The story of the Cherry Hill murder is like something straight out of a daytime soap opera: an abusive husband, a conniving wife, and an easily-manipulated loverboy. With this violent love triangle, it seems to make sense that there's a ghost or two roaming around the place nearly 200 years later.

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"Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York, family. One of Albany's most recognizable landmarks, Cherry Hill was built in 1787 for Philip and Maria Van Rensselaer. Rare among this country's house museums,Cherry Hill's extensive and intact collection includes more than 70,000 items-decorative arts and furnishings, books, diaries, documents, clothing, bedding, photographs, and other objects reflecting daily life-all related to the family that lived here between 1787 and 1963."

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May 07, 2018
Rated 5.0

Definitely go during Christmas time.... the home is in its full on glory ♥️ Loved this place since a fourth grade field trip almost 40 years ago. My great aunt was once a tour volunteer. Glad this home is still maintained and open to the public.

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April 01, 2016

It would be more helpful if you also told of the "famous" Cherry Hill murder, as I have never heard of it.

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Historic Cherry Hill

523 1/2 S Pearl St
Albany, New York
12202 USA


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  • Wed, Sat: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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