Located in Albany, New York, the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site aims to preserve and display the historical home of the affluent Dutch family of Philip J. Schuyler. Visitors can expect to enjoy an educational tour of the mansion complete with interactive exhibitions.
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Philip J. Schuyler was a general in the Revolutionary War, a US Senator, and an entrepreneur. Both he and his wife, Catharine, were from powerful and affluent Dutch families before immigrating to the United States. Their brick mansion was built to reflect the family’s taste in English architecture and overlooks the Hudson River from a bluff.
The Schuyler family raised 8 children while living in the house from 1763 to 1804. The house was also the site of many exciting events throughout those year including: elegant political and social affairs, military strategizing, and lots of fun, family events. In fact, one of the Schuyler daughters, Elizabeth, was married to Alexander Hamilton in 1780 at the social elite wedding event of the time.
After 1804, the home was unused until it was donated to the state of New York to be used as a museum honoring the contributions of the Schuyler family. The museum now aims to educate and entertain visitors of all ages about the Schuyler family.
Commemoration:This event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Schuyler mansion being declared a historic site. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Fall Concert – Musicians of Ma’alwyck:This event will be hosted on Sunday, November 5 and will features the musical stylings of Bellini, Stamitz, Rossini, Telemann, and Tableau Vivant. The concert in entitled “The Ruins of Rome” and will take its programming from the stunning wallpaper that has been installed at the mansion.
Salutations of the Season:This event will be hosted on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and will feature a holiday celebration – 18th century style. Guests can experience the holiday traditions of the Schuyler family including live music, bonfires, and other traditional fair.
School Group (K-12th Grade): This guided tour highlights the life of the one of the most wealthy and influential families in the 18th century, the Schuyler family. Students will learn about the American Revolution, social status, entertainment, slavery, and education at the times. Tours are for 10 children and 2 chaperones at a time.
Other Groups:Any other group including college students, senior citizens, youth groups, etc. are welcome to attend a self-guided tour with an in-depth introduction and open house style experience.
When Alexander Hamilton Called Albany Home:This special focus tour is offered on Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and features the life of Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was deeply connected to the Schuyler family and even married one of their daughters, Elizabeth. Hamilton was a huge player in the foundation of the United States and this tour explores his impact on the country and his relationships to not on the Schuyler family, but their home and the city of Albany.
Women of Schuyler Mansion:This special focus tour is offered on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and features the stories of the now-famous “Schuyler sisters”. These famous ladies have been featured in he hit musical: Hamilton. However, in the musical there are only 3 sisters, when there were a total of 5 Schuyler sisters. This tour explores their day-to-day lives, as well as the great impact of these women on their family and ultimately, the country.
There are a wide variety of educational programs and resources available year-round at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site. There are special programs for adults including guided tours and open houses. The mansion staff will come to your next meeting or group and give a fantastic presentation about the mansion on a variety of topics including: a digital tour of the historic mansion, the restoration of the mansion, and the ladies of the Schuyler mansion.
There are also school programs and outreach programs. Guided tours specially designed for students of various ages and complying to State of New York Learning Standards are available per reservations. Members of the mansion’s staff will also come to the classroom and give an educational presentation about a variety of topics including colonial life, slavery, daily life in the 18th century, and the toys and games played with at the time.
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, 32 Catherine Street, Albany, NY 12202, Phone: 518-434-0834