Crailo State Historic Site

Crailo State Historic Site Crailo State Historic Site is the Museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Visits are by appointment only between November and May.
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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." Crailo is open for regular tours mid-May through the end of October, Wednesdays - Sundays, tours are offered on the hour, the first tour is at 11:00am, the last tour is at 4:00pm. November - mid-May tours are offered by appointment only. Crailo offers special events, workshops, school programs, group tours and other activities throughout the year. For more information please contact Crailo State Historic Site at (518)463-8738.

05/06/2020

As part of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Crailo State Historic Site is committed to protecting our employees, patrons, and helping to contain the COVID-19 virus. The museum and historic home are currently closed to the public, but the site grounds are open for passive recreation and visitation. For the safety of all visitors, please maintain a safe social distance, and wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a safe social distance.

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.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
02/06/2020

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL This year, it will be exactly 400 years since the English pilgrims arrived in the United States on the ship the Mayflower and founded New England. After fleeing from England, the pilgrims spent over a decade in Leiden, the Netherlands. Half of the group stayed in Leiden, while the other half embarked on their famous voyage on the Mayflower, bringing many Dutch traditions (including Thanksgiving!) with them.

Fun fact: nine former US Presidents are descendants of the Leiden pilgrims.

If you find yourself in Leiden this year, do not forget to visit the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum which houses objects used by the pilgrims during their time in the city.

Find out more about the Leiden pilgrims (and their Presidential descendants) here: http://bit.ly/2mInVsG

#Mayflower400

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)

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
12/16/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL The Holland Society of New York was established in 1885 with the objective to preserve the history of New Netherland in New York and to recover and collect documents related to the history.

Throughout the years, the society has placed eight tablets around New York City which each highlight significant locations in Dutch history. Three of those tablets can still be visited today.

One of them can be found on the corner of Third Avenue and East 13th Street, also known as Pear Tree Corner. According to historians, director general of New Netherland Peter Stuyvesant planted a pear tree on this corner in 1664, which he had brought with him from the Netherlands. The original tree was destroyed in 1867, after which the Holland Society of New York placed a bronze tablet in the spot to memorialize the tree. In 2003, a new pear tree was planted.

Find out more about the other tablets you can still visit today: http://bit.ly/2t6nFqJ

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.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
11/15/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL Did you know that Saturday, November 16th, is Dutch-American Heritage Day?

The United States Congress designated November 16th as Dutch-American Heritage Day in 1991 to commemorate the start of the friendship between the Netherlands and the United States.

On November 16th, 1776, the American warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbor of St. Eustatius in the Dutch West Indies. The governor of the island, Johannes de Graaf, greeted the ship with an 11-gun salute from the cannons of Fort Orange, thereby acknowledging the sovereignty of the US. This was the first salute ever given by a foreign power to the US, who had just become independent from Great Britain.

Want to know more about Dutch-American Heritage Day? http://bit.ly/2AJ37D7

Happy Halloween!   Stop by for treats (no tricks) on our last day of our regular season.  The museum will be open for se...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! Stop by for treats (no tricks) on our last day of our regular season. The museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!

Discover Albany
10/17/2019
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Calling all Canadians! Have you considered discovering Albany? According to canada.com, "The underrated city of 100,000, whose architecture ranges from quaint brick rowhouses to magnificent mansions, burgeons with history and culture." #DiscoverAlbany

Featuring our friends at New York State Museum, Visit the New York State Capitol and Empire State Plaza, Albany Institute of History & Art, Crailo State Historic Site, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and Times Union Center.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
10/03/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL Today is October 3rd, a day of celebration in the city of Leiden, the Netherlands, which commemorates the lifting of the siege of Leiden by the Spaniards in 1574. In last weeks #TBTNL post (http://bit.ly/2n2nGJO), we told you about the English pilgrims who brought traditions such as Thanksgiving to the United States after spending some time in Leiden during the 17th century.

But, did you know there is evidence to suggest that Thanksgiving is actually based on the October 3rd celebrations in Leiden? During their time in the Netherlands, the pilgrims most likely celebrated the lifting of the siege of Leiden, which was then known as a day of Thanksgiving during which people would eat and party together. It is very likely that the pilgrims used their experiences during the October 3rd celebrations in Leiden to create their own version of Thanksgiving in the United States.

Learn more about the pilgrims and their time in Leiden via Leiden American Pilgrim Museum: http://bit.ly/2oA5ebW

Photo credit: 3 October Vereeniging

Coming up on Sunday!
09/27/2019

Coming up on Sunday!

Discover Albany
09/13/2019
Discover Albany

Discover Albany

Festival fever has struck Albany County this weekend! There is the 2nd Annual Albany Book Festival, 27th Annual Capital Region Apple & Wine Festval, PearlPalooza 2019 and more. Keep reading for a full list of free and frugal events for September 13 - 15. #DiscoverAlbany

Historic Albany Foundation
09/10/2019
Historic Albany Foundation

Historic Albany Foundation

Congratulations to HAF Board Member @Matt Malette on this piece of history sleuthing! Ceremony today at 4pm!

Harvest Faire is just a little more than a week away!  Join us on September 14th from 11 AM to 4 PM.  Featuring open hea...
09/05/2019

Harvest Faire is just a little more than a week away! Join us on September 14th from 11 AM to 4 PM. Featuring open hearth cooking, wampum making, Native American and Colonial Dutch reenactors, and more! Free Stewart's Ice Cream while supplies last.

Papier-mâché ceiling at Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler’s home.
08/13/2019
21st century technology Recreates 18th century Luxury

Papier-mâché ceiling at Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler’s home.

When Alexander Hamilton was married at Schuyler family mansion in Albany, the residence was a pinnacle of style in Colonial America. Home to one of the region’s richest families, the Georgian…

Historic Albany Foundation
07/11/2019

Historic Albany Foundation

This Friday is the beginning of Dutch Heritage Week in the Village of Kinderhook!

From July 12 through July 19 there's a whole array of Dutch-themed actives & programs to sink your teeth into...

Coming up on July 14th, longtime Friend of Fort Crailo and tinsmith extraordinaire Art Thorman will be presenting at the...
07/09/2019

Coming up on July 14th, longtime Friend of Fort Crailo and tinsmith extraordinaire Art Thorman will be presenting at the Bronck Museum in Coxsackie.

The Bronck Museum is pleased to announce “The Toiling Tinsmith” the first of its Sundays Along the River programs for the 2019 museum season. The program will begin at 2pm this Sunday, July 14th.

Look around your house, plastic containers are everywhere. How did we manage before there was plastic? Before there was plastic there was tin, or to be more precise tinned iron plate. Skilled craftsmen called tinsmiths produced an enormous variety of containers, cooking utensils and other needful household objects. Tinsmiths roamed country roads with clattering wagons full of their goods for sale to farm families and the proprietors of country stores. Tinsmiths were always welcomed and often invited to share a meal with the family, or even stay a day or two to repair the family’s worn tin ware.

A few tinsmiths are still working today and Art Thorman is one of the best. Art taught Middle School Social Studies in the Greenville Schools for 35 years and has been a working tinsmith for two decades. Over that time he has acquired the tools of the trade. Art will be doing a live demonstration of tinsmithing, sharing his extensive knowledge of his craft, and displaying several examples of the goods a tinsmith made. In a world where we seldom know or understand how the objects we use every day are made this is a great opportunity to actually see something being made.

The program begins at 2:00PM on Sunday July 14th. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385 and 81 near Coxsackie, and is easily accessible from NYS Thruway exit 21B. Adult admission for this program is $8, members and children $4. This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program administered by the GCCA. For additional information about this program or any of the upcoming special event programming at Bronck Museum visit gchistory.org, find us on Facebook at Greene County Historical Society or by phone 518-731-6490.

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
07/05/2019

Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

#TBTNL Happy 4th of July! Did you know that the Netherlands saluted the American flag in 1776 and was one of the first countries to officially recognize the U.S. independence? In November 1776, the American warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbour of the island St. Eustatius. In accordance with the international rules of etiquette, captain Robinson lowered the new American flag and greeted the Dutch fort by firing a 13-gun salute. Fort Oranje replied by order of the governor, Johannes de Graaff, with an 11-gun salute. With this 'first salute', he had recognized the rebellious American states in the name of the Dutch Republic.

A wonderful piece by Russel Shorto appeared in Sunday's New York Times highlighting the Hudson Valley's Dutch roots.
06/18/2019
In the Hudson Valley, a Drive Back in Time

A wonderful piece by Russel Shorto appeared in Sunday's New York Times highlighting the Hudson Valley's Dutch roots.

One of the most beautiful parts of New York State was once the spine of the Dutch colony, and remnants of its history are everywhere, hiding in plain sight.

Albany Institute of History & Art
06/08/2019

Albany Institute of History & Art

The Dutch infatuation with Chinese porcelain in the seventeenth century began when the Dutch, at war with the Portuguese, captured the San Fago in 1602. The ship was laden with Chinese porcelain that was auctioned off at Middelburg, Zeeland. The popularity and large profits from Chinese porcelain prompted Dutch manufacturers to create their own tin-glazed earthenware in the Chinese style. Early styles were often influenced by Chinese designs until the 1700s when European baroque designs became more popular.
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[Dish (schotel), the Netherlands, third quarter, eighteenth century, Dutch faience, polychrome; diameter 13 3/4, gift of the estate of Catherine Gansevoort (Mrs. Abraham) Lansing, 1919.3.10]
#albanyny #fromthecollection #Dutch #seventeenthcentury #eighteenthcentury #earthenware

Washington Park Conservancy
05/24/2019

Washington Park Conservancy

❗️EVENT REMINDER❗️

Joining us for this weekend's 2019 Tulip Dig & Sale- New Dates!? Don't forget, TULIPS SELL OUT FAST! Even though this event has an end time of 11 AM, we expect tulips to SELL OUT in as little as ONE HOUR. 🌷

#FirstComeFirstServed #LimitedSupply #WeWarnedYou

A wonderful evening for the Friends of Fort Crailo reception on May 16!
05/17/2019

A wonderful evening for the Friends of Fort Crailo reception on May 16!

This beautiful portrait is on display in Chicago as part of a celebration of 350 years of Rembrandt.  Notice the "Dutch ...
05/05/2019

This beautiful portrait is on display in Chicago as part of a celebration of 350 years of Rembrandt. Notice the "Dutch Door" in the painting, too. For more on Dutch doors and other Dutch influences on American life: https://www.americanheritage.com/dutch-door-america.

#Rembrandt350 - This young woman painted by Rembrandt in 1645 is clearly directing her gaze somewhere, but to whom or to what? See this and other portraits by Rembrandt in The Art Institute of Chicago's exhibition "Rembrandt Portraits", in celebration of 350 years Rembrandt in 2019. The exhibition is on view until June 9. For more info, see our blog: http://bit.ly/2XhRDTo

Rembrandt van Rijn and Workshop, “Young Woman at an Open Half-Door” (1645), © Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection

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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?