Located in Albany, New York, the Ten Broeck Mansion aims to preserve and display the historical influence of the Ten Broeck family in the 18th century. Visitors can expect to find guided tours and educational exhibitions that spark their interest in the cultural and historical impact of this affluential family.
The Federal-style mansion which housed the Ten Broeck family was built in 1797 on five acres of beautiful lands complete with formal gardens and sprawling lawns. The mansion was built after their first home was sadly destroyed by a terrible fire. The house also had a wonderful view of the nearby Hudson River.
Abraham Ten Broeck was a respected General who commanded New York Militia during the Battle of Saratoga. Ten Broeck was a man of many firsts, he was the first president of the Albany Public Library, the Bank of Albany, and the first trustee of Union College. He also served as a delegate in the Continental Congress in 1775, was a member of the state Senate, and even served as the mayor of Albany.
His wife, Elizabeth was a member of high-society and was highly influential in political and social affairs. After her husband’s death in 1810, she lived in the home for another 10 years until her passing.
The next 30 years consisted of refurbishment and renovation of the mansion until it was purchased by Thomas Worth Olcott in 1848. Olcott and his family were very prominent members of the Albany civic improvement and banking circles. They owned the home for the next 100 years until the mansion was donated to the Albany Country Historical Association.
Historic Haunted Pub Crawl:This annual event takes guests through downtown historic Albany on a ghost tour complete with a pub crawl! Guests will be led through the Ten Broeck Mansion and the city by trained docents while hearing supernatural tales. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 and will feature 3 different times for the tour departure. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time.
Halloween Season Events:Each Halloween, the Mansion hosts haunted events, special lectures, pub crawls, and tours. The events vary each year.
The 3rd Annual Holiday Gala: This annual fundraising gala which benefits the Albany County Historical Association will be hosted on November 16, 2017. This event is complete with a 3-course meal, live music and a social hour. Among the distinguished guests this year include Susan Holland, the Executive Director, Historic Albany Foundation. Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased ahead of time.
Holiday House:Each December, the Mansion will host a variety of holiday themed events including teas, lectures, tours, and musical events. A main highlight is the experience of Dutch Christmas and their version of Santa – Sinterklaas. Traditional and historical decorations fill the mansion and are sure to delight guests of all ages.
Fine Art and Craft Exhibits:Throughout the year, the Mansion will display around 3-6 exhibits focused on local artists and historical events from the Albany area.
Jansen/Cohen Summer Concert Series:The gardens which surround the Ten Broeck Mansion will play host to a variety of musicians each summer. Past performances include concert genres of jazz, blues, rock, folk, and classical. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic lunch and take a tour of the mansion while in attendance.
The Ten Broeck Mansion is a proud part of the Albany County Historical Association and therefore boasts a large amount of educational programming for the community. There is an internship program and educational resources for educators and students alike. Some of the most popular educational programming includes the following:
Living History Day:This free event is held annually on the first Sunday of May and features historical re-enactments, tours of the mansion, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and various local vendors selling unique food, crafts, and homemade goods. It is fun for the whole family and is a great way to kick off the summer.
Summer Archeology Camp:This annual week-long camp is held for 5th and 6th graders and is hosted by real-life archeologists! The campers who attend will get to experience an archeological dig and catalog their discoveries. Scholarships for this camp are available for campers in low income brackets.
Fossieck Lecture Series:This event includes a rotating series of free guest lectures at the mansion. The speakers, topics, and dates for these lectures vary.
Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck Place, Albany, NY 12202, Phone: 518-436-9826