Historical Sites in Albany, NY

By Alyssa DiCicco on May 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm EST

Many of America's well-known historical figures have ties to Albany. Take a look at the local sites that have played a significant role in American history.

Watervliet Shaker Village

In 1776, Ann Lee lead a group of Shakers from England to Albany to begin the first American Shaker society, now known as Watervliet Shaker National Historic District. Today, tourists can visit the estate, which includes a garden, barnyard, nature trails and the Shaker Cemetery. The village also provides educational programs, craft fairs and guided tours.

Historical Mansions

The Schuyler Mansion was home to Philip J. Schuyler, Revolutionary War general, U.S. Senator and business entrepreneur. Many political meetings and family events took place on the mansion grounds including daughter Elizabeth Schuyler's marriage to Alexander Hamilton in 1780. Visitors can take guided tours of the mansion to learn about the home's history.

The New York State Executive Mansion is based in downtown Albany. The mansion has been home to New York State governors since 1875 including Theodore Roosevelt. Reservations are required two weeks in advance to tour the mansion on Thursdays, September through June.

Cherry Hill Manor is another historic site in Albany. Built in 1787, the home was later occupied by Congressman Solomon van Rensselaer, who played a prominent role in the War of 1812. Guided tours are available.

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Destroyer ship USS Slater was used in battle during World War II. The ship, now museum, is located on the Hudson River. The USS Slater is the only ship of its kind left in the United States. After undergoing 15 years of restoration, USS Slater hosts museum tours, youth group overnight trips and naval reunions.

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