Five Stops in the Albany Rural Cemetery

Tour curated by: Emily McCabe

Established in 1841, the Albany Rural Cemetery is a popular tourist spot for many reasons. The grounds are expansive and well-kept, and act as the final resting place of many of America's famous historical figures, such as President Chester A. Arthur and General Philip Schuyler. Some of the sections, such as the Church Grounds located at the western side of the cemetery, hold graves transplanted from the historical State Street Cemetery (now Washington Park) and date back to the early 1800s.

This tour will bring visitors to some of the more notable, but sometimes overlooked, graves that can be found within the cemetery. These individuals represent only a small part of Albany's rich history in politics, business, and trendsetting. The graves listed are set up in a rough loop. Visitors will begin in section 4, lot 47, and work their way up and around to section 9, lot 1. They will travel back down and end at section 3, lot 61.

Locations for Tour

Joel Munsell was born in Massachusetts in 1808 and moved to the Albany area after serving an apprenticeship as a wheelwright and printer in his home state. Munsell is well known for his various publications throughout his life both pre and post-Civil…

Born in 1781, Kate Hamilton was the widowed wife of former Albany lawyer Isaac Hamilton. When Hamilton died in 1847 she was the first in the Albany Rural Cemetery to be buried in a vault as well as the first to establish a payment plan to ensure her…

Born in Schenectady, NY in 1738, Robert Yates was an uber-patriot and one of the nation’s founding fathers. During the Revolutionary War Yates was an aid to famed general Philip Schuyler.(1) Afterward, Yates moved on to take up several prominent…

Archibald McIntyre was born in Scotland in 1772. He emigrated to the United States early in his childhood and would eventually grow to be a state assemblyman, state legislator and New York State’s chief fiscal officer. Additionally, McIntyre is…

Born in Albany, New York in 1779, Harmanus Bleecker’s family tree can be traced all the way back to the original Dutch settlers of the Capital District.(1) Bleecker was born into an affluent family, and was privileged with the access to good…