Fort Crailo

Fort Crailo Fort Crailo was built about 1704 by Hendrick Van Rensselaer on the banks of the Hudson River in what is now Rensselaer, NY. It was never really a fort but rather a fortified home. CHECK PHOTO ALBUMS BELOW - OVER 60 IMAGES OLD & NEW!
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The song "Yankee Doodle" was written at Fort Crailo in 1758 by Dr. Richard Shuckurg, a British Army surgeon. It is often...
08/19/2015

The song "Yankee Doodle" was written at Fort Crailo in 1758 by Dr. Richard Shuckurg, a British Army surgeon. It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut.

This beautiful painting of Fort Crailo is actually a mural at the Hawley Building at the University of Albany. This is o...
01/11/2015

This beautiful painting of Fort Crailo is actually a mural at the Hawley Building at the University of Albany. This is one of 23 murals created in 1937 and 1938 under a grant from the WPA by famed artist William Brantley Van Ingen. The mural depicts a band playing Yankee Doodle with Fort Crailo in the background.

1975 BOOK ENTITLED GREENEN BOSCH, THE EARLY YEARS -  FORT CRAILO by the RENSSELAER NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY This book is cu...
04/29/2014

1975 BOOK ENTITLED GREENEN BOSCH, THE EARLY YEARS - FORT CRAILO by the RENSSELAER NY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

This book is currently being offered on eBay.

Here's a commemorative plate made for Fort Crailo 38 years ago for America's Bicentennial.
04/05/2014

Here's a commemorative plate made for Fort Crailo 38 years ago for America's Bicentennial.

Fort Crailo's cover photo
05/22/2012

Fort Crailo's cover photo

Here's a Fort Crailo postcard from the 1960s. The caption on the back reads - WISHING WELL AT FORT CRAILO, Rensselaer, N...
02/05/2012

Here's a Fort Crailo postcard from the 1960s. The caption on the back reads - WISHING WELL AT FORT CRAILO, Rensselaer, N.Y. Tourists record their visit to Fort Crailo with snapshots at the Wishing Well. "Yankee Doodle" was written here in 1758 by Dr. Richard Shuckurg, a British Army surgeon.

Here's a picture of Fort Crailo from 1899. At the time, the old Dutch landmark had just been purchased from the Van Scha...
11/26/2011

Here's a picture of Fort Crailo from 1899. At the time, the old Dutch landmark had just been purchased from the Van Schaaick estate at a foreclosure sale by an ice dealer named Peter Kurcenaker. There was a sense of urgency at the time to save the building as the new owner was talking about tearing it down. The picture and accompanying article appeared in LESLIE'S WEEKLY ILLUSTATED JOURNAL, January 19, 1899.

"This story (in this children's book) is authentic as far as Fort Crailo, Dr. Shuckburg, and General Abercrombie's army ...
10/18/2011

"This story (in this children's book) is authentic as far as Fort Crailo, Dr. Shuckburg, and General Abercrombie's army are concerned. Si is my own invention. It is true that the men marched north to this tune; but, alas, not to victory. The chorus which includes the now familiar reference to "Macaroni" was added later; the young dandies who formed the club known as Macaroni flourished about 1773. . . The original verses, here included, were taken from an old book in the New York State Library at Albany." -Author's note.

This book, entitled HAY-FOOT, STRAW-FOOT was written by Erick Berry, c. 1954. This particular volume is from the 9th printing from 1976., It is illustrated by the author. This is a fictional tale about "Yankee Doodle", a skinny lad named Si Cameron who longed to be a soldier in the French and Indian War. The tune of "Yankee Doodle" is one of the oldest marching songs in the world, according the author.

Here's a closer look at the old 1897 print showing Fort Crailo. On the top left hand corner it says "Copyright 1897 M.F....
09/07/2011

Here's a closer look at the old 1897 print showing Fort Crailo. On the top left hand corner it says "Copyright 1897 M.F. Tobin, New York.". On the top right hand corner it says "Old Mansion on Hudson where Dr. Schuckberry wrote Yankee Doodle". The print measures 23 inches long by about 9.5 inches high. With the frame it is about 29x16.

Here's a look at a rare 1897 print of Fort Crailo. On the top left hand corner it says "Copyright 1897 M.F. Tobin, New Y...
09/06/2011

Here's a look at a rare 1897 print of Fort Crailo. On the top left hand corner it says "Copyright 1897 M.F. Tobin, New York.". On the top right hand corner it says "Old Mansion on Hudson where Dr. Schuckberry wrote Yankee Doodle". The print measures 23 inches long by about 9.5 inches high. With the frame it is about 29x16.

Philip Van Rensselaer
02/12/2011

Philip Van Rensselaer

The Van Rensselaer Coat of Arms.

Turn of the 20th century view of Fort Crailo complete with a muddy street. The old place was in a state of limbo at the ...
02/12/2011

Turn of the 20th century view of Fort Crailo complete with a muddy street. The old place was in a state of limbo at the time, it's future very much in question.

An old post card featuring Fort Crailo. This card was mailed in 1964  so the picture was taken sometime earlier.
02/12/2011

An old post card featuring Fort Crailo. This card was mailed in 1964 so the picture was taken sometime earlier.

An 1895 article about fort Crailo explains a bit about efforts to save the dilapidated old home.  It was, however, still...
01/20/2011

An 1895 article about fort Crailo explains a bit about efforts to save the dilapidated old home. It was, however, still decades away from a full rescue. Back then it was believed the structure was built in the 1640's and claims were made that the house was the oldest in America. In time it was discovered Fort Crailo was built after 1700 and the oldest surviving house claim was never accurate.

Hendrick Van Rensselaer's grandson was Revolutionary War hero Philip Van Rensselaer. In 1887, Philip built his home "Che...
12/16/2010
Philip Van Rensselaer

Hendrick Van Rensselaer's grandson was Revolutionary War hero Philip Van Rensselaer. In 1887, Philip built his home "Cherry Hill" across the river from where his grandfather built Fort Crailo 83 years earlier. There is a page for Philip that you might want to consider - http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=150533&id=334846928460#!/pages/Philip-Van-Rensselaer/183929721622581?v=wall

Col. Philip Van Rensselaer (1747-1798) was a Revolutionary War Patriot having been appointed as head of the Commissary for the Northern Department by Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler in 1776 & confirmed by the Congress. (Hayley Crowell, site administrator

Fort Crailo Art
10/12/2010

Fort Crailo Art

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