A Journey Through Time

Tour curated by: Nick Nelson

This tour will take you on a journey through some of the most historical aspects of downtown Albany. You will experience some of the earliest locations that were established in the city. Along the way you will encounter residences that were home to officers in the revolutionary war that helped shape the outcome of our country. You will also come across locations that are meant to honor the great sacrifices that were made by some of Albany's residents. The tour features interactive opportunities such as museums that offer tours, and even ends at a restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat in one of Albany's oldest standing structures.

Locations for Tour

Cherry Hill was constructed in 1787 by Philip van Rensselaer (“Cherry Hill (Albany, New York)” 2015). Philip van Rensselaer worked primarily as an importer of West Indian goods such as cloth and metalware. Rensselaer would often accept farm and…

Philip John Schuyler was born in Albany in 1733 to a wealthy colonial family. In 1755 Schuyler joined the British Forces for the French and Indian War, where he was commissioned as a captain but quickly achieved the rank of quartermaster. As…

Henry Johnson was born in 1897 in Alexandria, Virginia. He later moved to Albany, New York in his early teenage years. While in Albany Johnson worked as a red cap porter at the Albany Union Station. In June of 1917 Johnson enlisted in the United…

Philip Pieterse Schuyler was one of the earliest householders in Albany when the lots were first apportioned beginning in 1650 (“Colonel Philip Pieterse Schuyler” 2016). Upon Schuyler's arrival in Albany he originally worked as a gunsmith…

The Quackenbush House was built in the 1730's by Pieter Quackenbush. However it is better known for being the home of Revolutionary War Officer Hendrick Quackenbush (“Quackenbush House” 2016). Hendrick Quackenbush was a Colonel in the…