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Historic Cherry Hill


523 South Pearl St

Albany, NY 12202

  Phone: (518) 434- 4791


  • April-June and October-December: Tuesday-Friday, tours at 12, 1, 2 & 3, Saturday at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, & 3, Sunday at 1, 2, & 3
  • July-September: Tuesday-Saturday, tours at 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 & 3 Sunday at 1, 2, & 3
  • Closed January through March, Mondays and major holidays

Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, $2 for college students, and $1 for children 6-17.


Historical Description:

Philip Van Rensselaer was an early proponent of American freedom. After becoming active in the Albany Committee of Correspondence, Van Rensselear was elected as a member of the second ward in 1776. He proved to be a valuable liaison with supply for the revolutionary war effort. After the war, Philip moved his family to Cherry Hill and continued to expand the family holdings.

The preservation of this home was ensured by Catherine Bogart Putnam Rankin. Rankin moved to Cherry Hill in 1860, at the age of three. Her history is recounted throughout the tour of the museum


The Site: 

The home explores the hardships the family faced for nearly a century, 1857-1948. The site offers 100 primary sources, including letters, diaries, photographs, school compositions, and census records from Watervliet, receipts, cartoons, floor pans, sheet music, and trade cards. Each room represents a distinct experience that the family endured. Finally, the museum also briefly explores how socioeconomic class, genders, age, and race influenced a person’s life during this time.



Historic Cherry Hill is located at 523 1/2 South Pearl Street in Albany, just off Exit 2 of Interstate 787. From the North, take Exit 2. At the light, turn left, and look for Historic Cherry Hill immediately on your right. From the South, take exit 2, and follow the ramp straight to the end. At the light turn left. Under the overpass, take anther left onto Route 32 South. Bear right onto 787's exit ramp. At the light, turn left, and look for Historic Cherry Hill immediately on your right.

"The birthplace of the American Navy during the Revolutionary War is the focus of exhibits in this center. Ships built in Skenesborough, under the command of Benedict Arnold, played a vital role in delaying the British invasion, earning Whitehall the designation 'Birthplace of the U.S. Navy.'"


The Site: 

  "Ship models from 1776 and the War of 1812, modern naval ships and lake boats are displayed. The Champlain Canal is featured among the center's exhibits, along with antique farm and home implements, buel spoon, doll and railroad artifacts. The center is located along the Champlain Canal. "


Directions:   Visit the website for directions.