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Albany, New York


Historic Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill is a historic timber frame house located on the west side of Albany’s South Pearl Street. The house is situated on a small hill overlooking the Hudson River and the Port of Albany. Built during the late 18th century, Cherry Hill was the home of Colonel Philip Kiliaen van Rensselaer and his family. After his death in 1798, several generations of the Van Rensselaer’s descendants lived here for nearly two centuries. The house is now a museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cherry Hill is also the scene of a murder in 1827 and some believe it to be haunted.
Cherry Hill, Albany (New York State)

Historic Cherry Hill by Matt Wade

A driveway leads uphill from South Pearl Street to Cherry Hill. The three-story wooden house is built on a stone foundation and the design is Georgian with gambrel roof, common with many Dutch Colonial houses. The front features a main entrance with a full length wooden porch and hooded roof. Descendants of Van Rensselaer have preserved the interior’s finishes as well as the furniture, portraits, and kitchenware. The house has nearly 20,000 items in its collection including original furnishing and tableware, and 30,000 historic documents.

Location: 523 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202

Website: Historic Cherry Hill

Tel: 518-434-4791

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