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The Women of Schuyler Mansion

women of schuyler mansion

The Schuyler Mansion has closed for general admission for the winter season, but it will still be open in the coming months for special tours. And the focus tour up for November is "Women of Schulyer Mansion":

The "Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five sisters? Learn what it was like growing up as a Schuyler, as this focus tour presents an in-depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their famiy's history. Be prepared to participate, as volunteers will be asked to read quotes by and about these historic women.

The tours are Thursdays and Saturdays at 2 pm (except for holidays and school groups). Reservations are required ((518-434-0834). Admission is $5 / $4 students and seniors / free for kids 12 and under (cash at the door).

Thanksgiving weekend
The Schuyler Mansion will also be open for regular tours Saturday, November 25. The tours are on the hour from 11 am to 3 pm. They're first come, first tour. Same admission prices as above (and cash only).

image via Schuyler Mansion Facebook

A bunch of Hamilton-themed events at the Schuyler Mansion

Schuyler Mansion Albany exterior 2016-June

You'd think that an organization called The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society could look back at the last year or so, give itself a round of applause, and kickback for a while. Achievement unlocked.

But no, it just goes ahead and plans a bunch of Hamilton-related events at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany this weekend:

Among the events:

+ A talk titled "Alexander Hamilton: The Man vs. the Musical"

+ The unveiling of a new painting of George Washington, Philip Schuyler, and Alexander Hamilton by Len Tantillo

+ A Hamilton-themed open house at the Schuyler Mansion

+ "Eliza at the Schuyler Mansion"

+ "Hamilton: His Life and Times in Story and Song" by the Hudson River Ramblers

+ "Reading of Alexander and Eliza's Love Letters" at the Schuyler Mansion

+ And a Hamilton-themed walking tour of Albany

The link above has times and registration info. The events are $5 each.

Alexander Hamilton's Father-in-Law's American History Fun-Land

schuyler mansion april fools joke

Most April Fool's jokes miss the mark, but this one from the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site -- announcing that the mansion and grounds in Albany's South End is being sold because of budget cuts to the humanities -- has a certain acerbic, self-aware sting. A clip:

As the old saying goes, however, where one door closes, a window opens. While we will no longer function as a State Historic Site, the history of the site will live on as the Alexander Hamilton's Father-in-Law's American History Fun-Land, under the ownership of American History Enterprises. This new 18th century-themed attraction will begin construction on the 2-acre lot currently occupied by the historic site in Spring of 2018, and intends to bring the excitement and patriotism of the American Revolution to a broad audience in the Albany area through historically themed carnival attractions.
"Sites like Schuyler Mansion are an essential part of the American historical landscape," says A.H.E. director Samuel Peters, "We are excited to help preserve this part of our past for future generations. We're just going to improve the presentation- make it more accessible. Pop-history and historical tourism really are the wave of the future, and that's what we plan on bringing to the Capital region with this interactive opportunity."
Plans for the site include family-friendly theme park and petting zoo designed to recreate the experience of visiting the 90+ acres of farmland that once surrounded the Schuylers' elegant Georgian home, in a condensed form. Activities will include an opportunity to visit the recreated home of a tenant farmer, watch an ox-team at work, and an axe-throwing range where you can try your hand at throwing tomahawks such as the one that nearly hit Peggy Schuyler during the 1781 British attack on the house. "I'm particularly looking forward to the Mansion Mills log flume ride myself," says Peters.

The historic site is very much not being sold. And it's currently open for tours by appointment through mid-May, when it will switch over to its summer schedule.

By the way: The Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site's blog has been turning some really interesting posts lately, including the most recent about "elbows, ankles, and décolletage."

image via Schuyler Mansion Historic Site Facebook

Wallpaper and power

Schuyler Mansion Ruins of Rome wallpaper

Some of the new wall covering. The Schuyler Mansion Twitter stream and blog have more photos.

The Schuyler Mansion recently completed the reproduction and reinstallation 18th century wallpaper -- "Ruins of Rome" -- and the historic site's blog shares the details about how exactly that all happened. The process involved digital image tech and, we suspect, a lot of patience.

But this part struck as particularly interesting. Writes Danielle Funiciello:

Rather than the sparse interior which has greeted visitors for 100 years, walking into the mansion is like now like stepping back in time. Philip Schuyler vision for his home was calculated. Each element was designed not only to impress guests once they arrived at the home, but to encourage wealthy and important guests to come in the first place; thereby creating networking opportunities for the Schuyler family. The size and grandeur of the home was successful - drawing visitors like the Washingtons, the Marquis de Lafayette, the Marquis de Chastellux, Benedict Arnold, and even Benjamin Franklin, who had a letter of introduction written so that he could stay at Schuyler's when travelling through Albany. The "Ruins of Rome" helps historians and museum visitors alike understand the first impression that accomplished this.

The Schuler Mansion is again offering its popular "When Hamilton Called Albany Home" tour in March. It's currently taking reservations for March 2 and March 4. And when March starts, it'll be begin taking reservations for other dates during the month.

And if you go, be sure to scope out all the wallpaper.

Earlier on AOA:
+ "You maintain your empire in spite of all my efforts..."
+ A timeline of Theodosia Burr Alston

photo via Schuyler Mansion Twitter

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