Crailo State Historic Site

Crailo State Historic Site Crailo State Historic Site is the Museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Once the home of Hendrick van Rensselaer, grandson of the first patroon, Crailo is now home to the new permanent exhibit, "A Sweet and Alien Land: Colony of the Dutch in the Hudson River Valley."
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Due to the continuing risks of the COVID-19 virus, the historic site has changed our operations to ensure the health and safety of visitors, staff, and the public at large. Please take note of the following protective measures and changes to our typical hours and offerings: Visits are available by reservation ONLY. Reservations can be made by calling the historic site at (518) 463-8738. Visitors will be required to give their name, a contact number, and the city, town, or location they are visiting from. All tours of the museum and historic house will be self-guided. Self-guided tours will be offered at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. To ensure a safe museum environment, visitors over the age of two are required to wear an appropriate face covering in all interior spaces, at all times. The maximum number of people allowed inside the historic house and museum will be 10 at any given time. Visitors from the same household must always maintain a distance of 6 feet from other visitors and Crailo State Historic Site staff. We are offering exterior and grounds tours, weather permitting. The historic site grounds are small, but appropriate footwear is recommended. These tours are also reservation ONLY, and are offered at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Admission to Crailo State Historic Site: $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors, 12 and under are FREE. The gift shop will remain closed until further notice.

Operating as usual

Dutch Culture USA
11/17/2020
Dutch Culture USA

Dutch Culture USA

The Musicians of Ma'alwyck have released a virtual performance of 18th c Dutch music recorded at Crailo State Historic Site, the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley.

The repertoire will be almost entirely written by Dutch composers. According to Director and violinist of Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Ann Marie Barker Schwartz “Dutch music is more than the early Baroque. They were actively composing – Amsterdam was a hotbed of culture, but they were overshadowed by the German tradition and Mozart and Beethoven.” At Crailo, the program includes: Willem de Fesch’s “Six English Songs,” Pietro Locatelli’s Trio Sonata and a Sonata for Flute.

The program ‘Celebrating #Dutch #Heritage in New York’s Capital Region Through History and Music’ can be watched here: https://bit.ly/3f0qGg9

This photo is of Crailo right around 1940, when admission to the historic van Rensselaer home and museum was 25 cents!  ...
10/01/2020

This photo is of Crailo right around 1940, when admission to the historic van Rensselaer home and museum was 25 cents! These days, admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors, and free for kids under 12 years old. Crailo is open from Wednesday through Sunday for reserved visits until October 31st. Face coverings required. Call (518) 463-8738 to schedule a visit!

Tru by Hilton Albany Airport
08/07/2020
Tru by Hilton Albany Airport

Tru by Hilton Albany Airport

Love #history #scavengerhunt and #albanyny ? Than #discoveralbany has something for you! Try out their historical scavenger hunt honoring Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, a powerful and prominent colonial living here in Upstate New York.
Discover Albany Ten Broeck Mansion Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site Crailo State Historic Site The First Church in Albany

We're reopening!  Crailo State Historic Site will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Due to the continui...
07/17/2020

We're reopening! Crailo State Historic Site will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Due to the continuing risks of the COVID-19 virus, the historic site has changed our operations to ensure the health and safety of visitors, staff, and the public at large. Please take note of the following protective measures and changes to our typical hours and offerings: Visits are available by reservation ONLY. Reservations can be made by calling the historic site at (518) 463-8738. Visitors will be required to give their name, a contact number, and the city, town, or location they are visiting from.

All tours of the museum and historic house will be self-guided. Self-guided tours will be offered at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. To ensure a safe museum environment, visitors over the age of two are required to wear an appropriate face covering in all interior spaces, at all times. The maximum number of people allowed inside the historic house and museum will be 10 at any given time. Visitors from the same household must always maintain a distance of 6 feet from other visitors and Crailo State Historic Site staff. We are offering exterior and grounds tours, weather permitting. The historic site grounds are small, but appropriate footwear is recommended. These tours are also reservation ONLY, and are offered at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Admission to Crailo State Historic Site: $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors, 12 and under are FREE. The gift shop will remain closed until further notice.

Dutch Culture USA
07/14/2020

Dutch Culture USA

The Norton Simon Museum presents "A Fascination with Tulips:" "In this new essay, Curator Gloria Williams Sander writes about the Museum’s collection of Dutch 17th-century watercolors depicting tulips. Most likely created for a commercial purpose, these beautiful paintings on handmade paper were originally bound in an album, with each page recording a different variety of tulip, accompanied by its title. Although rarely on view due to their light sensitivity, this collection of watercolors illustrates Europeans’ infatuation with the tulip during the 1600s."

To read the essay: https://www.nortonsimon.org/learn/museum-from-home/impressions/a-fascination-with-tulips/

07/03/2020
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Welcome to part one of our Independence Day 2020 celebration! While we can't celebrate in-person this year, we've created three videos so we can celebrate together, even while we're apart. First up: how to make 18th century ice cream!

Have you ever wondered how ice cream was made in the 18th century? Erin Czernecki will teach you in this video! For written instructions, check out this blog post: http://schuylermansion.blogspot.com/2020/07/its-hot-day-and-youre-stuck-indoors.html

If you make some 18th century ice cream of your own, please share pictures and and your thoughts in the comments!

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
07/01/2020

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NEWS: The NY State Parks Explorer mobile app is now live! Available for both iOS and Android, this free app provides key info about destinations, activities and adventures all in one place. Discover must-see locations and enjoy quick access to directions, hours, trail maps, and helpful know-before-you go details. Download today!

📱Apple Store: http://ow.ly/pzGL30qV56f
📱Google Play: http://ow.ly/PrI630qV54O

06/18/2020
Hudson Area Library

Hudson Area Library

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Tina Lesem and David Voorhees, of the Jacob Leisler Institute. The Jacob Leisler Institute studies the history of New York from 1664-1775. The three discuss this very important, but overlooked, period. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page at http://hudsonarealibrary.org/history-room/.

NY State Parks & Historic Sites
06/10/2020
NY State Parks & Historic Sites

NY State Parks & Historic Sites

Originally a Dutch holiday, Pinkster is derived from the Dutch word for Pentecost, a Christian holiday. Over time this religious observance evolved into a festival celebrated by enslaved and free Africans of that time. Past celebrations at Crailo State Historic Site and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site have helped educate visitors about this important historical event which documented early African cultural expression in our state. ➡️ http://ow.ly/h6Ml30qOeTQ #nystateparksblog

Hudson Valley Magazine
05/26/2020
Hudson Valley Magazine

Hudson Valley Magazine

Sound off, Hudson Valley! Which of these attractions are top of your list to visit once quarantine ends?

https://bit.ly/3bWKmyp

Discover Albany Orange County Tourism NY Bear Mountain State Park Crailo State Historic Site Boscobel House and Gardens Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate Olana State Historic Site Thomas Cole National Historic Site Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

New Netherland Institute
05/21/2020

New Netherland Institute

Happy Pick Strawberries Day! In May 1664, two residents of Wiltwijck (present-day Kingston) went to court over ownership of a strawberry patch just outside the village’s palisades. Aert Otterspoor was initially allowed to continue gardening there because he had fenced and worked the lot, but a year later Aert Jacobsen took possession.

Kingston Papers, Volume 1

Illustration of Fragaria vesca, one of two native strawberry species in New York.

Dutch Culture USA
05/18/2020
Dutch Culture USA

Dutch Culture USA

Happy International Museum Day! Although many museums are closed due to COVID-19, you can enjoy their collections online. Here are 9 tips to enjoy Dutch museums and their rich collections from the comfort of your own home! Which Dutch museum is your favorite? #IMD2020

Rijksmuseum Van Gogh Museum Mauritshuis Stedelijk Museum Museum Het Rembrandthuis Kunstmuseum Den Haag
https://bit.ly/2X7k9rp

On May 11 in 1659, Jeremias van Rensselaer wrote to his brother, saying the beaver trade that spring,"may turn out to be...
05/14/2020

On May 11 in 1659, Jeremias van Rensselaer wrote to his brother, saying the beaver trade that spring,"may turn out to be very good," since so many Native Americans were out hunting. The hunt had interfered with Dutch settlers' food supply, and van Rensselaer told his brother that "there are not enough men left home to fish with their drag nets" and "this spring we had no wild geese or ducks,for there were no Indians who offered anything for sale." While most of us are familiar with the 17th century beaver trade in the Hudson Valley, food exchanges between Native Americans and Dutch settlers were important in New Netherland too. Settlers relied on Native Americans for fish and game, and 17th century Hudson Valley archaeological sites often contain fish hooks, sturgeon plates, and various animal bones. The food trade went both ways as well, and Dutch baked goods became so popular among Native American traders that unlicensed bakeries began popping up during the trading season in Beverwijck - present day Albany, NY. The authorities in Fort Orange noticed "many, as well of this place as coming from elsewhere, in the trading season make a business of baking koeckjens (little cakes) and short-weight white bread for the Indians, to the great loss of the bakers, and quit baking in the winter." The same authorities passed new regulations on this illicit trade in baked goods, so that unlicensed pop-up bakers could receive a fine have their bread confiscated.

The Holland Society of New York
05/13/2020
The Holland Society of New York

The Holland Society of New York

Holland Society of New York Member and attorney Edward N. Tiesenga will deliver a lecture-format multimedia presentation on the foundations of the Law of Nations incorporated into the U.S. Constitution and U.S. federal criminal law, tracing the foundations of this law to 16th Century Dutch lawyer Hugo Grotius and the contest between Holland and Portugal for the maritime trade of the Far East. The story will conclude with the 2009 pirate attack on the U. S.-flagged Maersk Alabama portrayed in the movie Captain Phillips, and the prosecution of the lone surviving pirate, Captain Muse, in New York federal court, using laws based on the 400-year-old work of Grotius, which still stands today.

The lecture and Powerpoint will be presented on Zoom on Friday, May 15th, at 4 p.m. Login details can be found below: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85428635976?pwd=dmFmbTdSaEhCcWZ3NERGbW1tdTlXZz09

Discover Albany
05/12/2020
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Dive into Albany’s Dutch roots with an audio tour! View photos of the historical sites and listen in to learn about the area’s fascinating history.

Featuring local sites such as Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany Institute of History & Art, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, USS Slater, Historic Cherry Hill and more.

Dutch Culture USA
05/11/2020

Dutch Culture USA

#EducationMonday

Did you know that the Brooklyn Historical Society has an online curriculum about its Dutch history? “'Dutch Breukelen: Where Brooklyn Began' is a curriculum developed by the Brooklyn Historical Society. It’s designed for grades 2 – 8 that transforms the classroom into a learning lab about seventeenth-century Brooklyn. With primary sources including maps, diaries, cookbooks, account ledgers, and drawings, ‘Dutch Breukelen’ contains resources and prompts that will spark and engage the curiosity of any New Yorker or Brooklyn-lover about the early colonial origins of New York’s most populous borough.”

To access the Brooklyn Historical Society's educational tools, click here: https://www.brooklynhistory.org/

To see more educational tools, see: https://bit.ly/34WHTlF

Crailo may be closed to the public during these difficult times, but it offers the chance to show off some out of the wa...
05/06/2020

Crailo may be closed to the public during these difficult times, but it offers the chance to show off some out of the way places and details hidden inside the old van Rensselaer home. Crailo's east wing was constructed in 1762, and the east gable still contains the original "vlechtwerk", a distinctly Dutch saw-tooth brick pattern at the roof edge. The east wing was damaged by a fire in the 1970s, and the attic still shows the signs of that fire including some charred beams and smoke damage on the plaster walls. The bricks and many of the beams made it through the fire, and so did traces of names and dates etched on the walls by visitors in the early 20th century. Many names are still partially legible today including the de Grove family of Kalamazoo, Michigan, "Ann" from 1938, and another visitor from "June '39."

Discover Albany
05/04/2020

Discover Albany

Let’s play a round of Tulip Driving Tour Bingo! 🌷 Check off #518TulipTracker locations as you explore with the self-guided tulip & garden driving tour! Click here for instructions on how to play for a small prize: https://bit.ly/2VQSrQh

518 Tulip Tracker is brought to you by Albany Events & Citizens Bank. Special thanks to media sponsors KISS 102-3 & 99.5 The River.

The tulips are in bloom and no worse for wear after the rain!  #518TulipTracker
05/02/2020

The tulips are in bloom and no worse for wear after the rain! #518TulipTracker

Discover Albany
04/27/2020
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Beyond Albany Events Tulip Festival, the region’s Dutch roots are clearly displayed through historic architecture. Dive into the history of a few distinctly Dutch buildings in the Capital Region! #518TulipTracker #DiscoverAlbany

Featuring our friends at Historic Albany Foundation, The Olde English Pub, Crailo State Historic Site, Van Schaick Mansion, Mabee Farm Historic Site and the Buhrmaster Barn at Pruyn House.

The tulips are just beginning to bloom at Crailo!  #518TulipTracker
04/21/2020

The tulips are just beginning to bloom at Crailo! #518TulipTracker

Historic Albany Foundation's A Stationary Feast is tomorrow! Stay home and join the fun!  Try an 18th century seed cake:...
04/03/2020

Historic Albany Foundation's A Stationary Feast is tomorrow! Stay home and join the fun! Try an 18th century seed cake: from Crailo's kitchen to yours. No hearth required! @historicalbanyfoundation #astationaryfeast

Albany Times Union
02/18/2020
Albany Times Union

Albany Times Union

The Ariaantje Coeymans house has been restored to be as close to its original 300-year-old self as possible.

Bethlehem Historical Association
01/22/2020

Bethlehem Historical Association

We've got a great talk coming up in February. Adam Luscier, project director with Hartegen Archaeological Associates will be talking about a Native American site along the Dowers Kill.
The date is Wednesday February, 19, 7 PM at Delmar Reformed Church. And in case you are curious, the Dowers Kill is a small creek that arises north of Delaware Avenue near Bennett Terrace and meanders its way southeast across town to finally join up with the Vloman Kill near Route 9W.

Crailo’s Twelfth Night and Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season are this Saturday from 4:00 PM-7:30 PM!   At Cra...
01/02/2020

Crailo’s Twelfth Night and Schuyler Mansion’s Salutations of the Season are this Saturday from 4:00 PM-7:30 PM! At Crailo, the early bird catches the worm… or in this case the wooden shoe. The first 50 visitors who purchase combination tickets at Crailo will receive a miniature wooden shoe ornament and a chance to win a special holiday gift from Crailo and Schuyler Mansion: a cookbook by renowned culinary historian Peter Rose and music by the Musicians of Ma'alwyck, recorded at Schuyler Mansion. To participate, pick up your wooden shoe and a complimentary ticket for the prize drawing at Crailo’s Twelfth Night when you buy a combination admission. Then deposit your ticket for the drawing during Salutations of the Season at Schuyler Mansion.

Discover Albany
12/31/2019

Discover Albany

The holiday celebrations continue into the New Year! This Saturday, January 4 step back in time at Crailo State Historic Site for "Twelfth Night" and Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site for "Salutations of the Season". For more info:https://bit.ly/2PtD8da

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
12/27/2019

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

Have you ever attended Crailo’s Twelfth Night celebration?

Mabee Farm Historic Site
12/20/2019

Mabee Farm Historic Site

With winter here, we’re reminded again how vital a new shingle roof is to the preservation of the Mabee Farm. Please consider donating at www.schenectadyhistorical.org/give to this important project, and help us ensure the Mabee Farm lasts another 300 years.

Thank you!

(Image credit: Denise Tuft-Holland)

Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
12/05/2019

Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site

11/26/2019
Discover Albany

Crailo is preparing for St Nicholas day!

#DiscoverAlbany Education & Heritage Coordinator Maeve McEneny Johnson visited Crailo State Historic Site this morning to chat with Interpretive Programs Assistant Sam Huntington about the upcoming St. Nicholas Day celebrations on Saturday, December 7.

The festive fun include crafts, cooking demonstrations by the fire and visits with Sinterklaas. Don't forget to stop by Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop for stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.

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The Museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley

Crailo is the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Originally a part of the vast landholding called the Manor or Patroonship of Rensselaerswyck, the Crailo farm was named after the van Rensselaer's estate in the Netherlands, variously spelled Crayloo or Cralo in the 17th century, and meaning "crows' wood" in Dutch.

Crailo was built in the early 18th century by Hendrick van Rensselaer, grandson of the First Patroon. Hendrick died in 1740 and his eldest son, Johannes, inherited Crailo. He remodeled the house and added an east wing in the Georgian style, reflecting the increasing influence of the English on the Albany-area Dutch.In the late 18th century, Crailo was remodeled in the Federal style. It served as a boys' boarding school in the 1840s and later as a church rectory. Each new venture brought more changes to the structure. In 1924 Crailo was donated to New York State for development as a museum. Crailo today tells the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley through exhibits highlighting archaeological finds from the Albany Fort Orange excavations, special programs, and tours of the museum.

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I am looking for any pictures of the inside of fort crailo before the fire. Sometime in 1960’s or 70’s. I lived right next door and visited often. I could look in the upstairs window from my kitchen window. I have been looking for years. 🙏🙏
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I would like some of those cookies, Miss Heidi! Crailo looks great and so much going on....thanks for all you do to make us aware.! x
I went to Fort Crailo on a class trip probably 45 years ago. I still remember it but I think I need to go back for a refresher.
Is the Ice Cream Discovery Day a drop-in between 12-3 type event or is there a set program that starts at 12?
Did you see you got a mention in the NY Times?