Albany's Revolutionary Walking Tour

Tour curated by: Benjamin Sano

Most Americans would name Boston, New York City or Philadelphia as the centers of the American Revolution, forgetting one of its most important cities; Albany. From the Creation of the idea of a United Country to the center of the Revolution's turning point, Albany stood at the forefront of war. Albany also gave the Patriot cause important men and families, who gave life, limb and property to ensure victory for the American cause. This tour will bring to life Albany's patriotic spirit and the profound necessity Albany held for America's independence.

Locations for Tour

The Birth of the American Union marker does indeed lay claim to the spot where one of the founding moments in the creation of the union took place. It was around this marker the all important Albany plan of Union was held in 1754. A number of…

By 1777, two years after the start of the War for American Independence, Britain was ready for the war’s end. Hoping to finish the war before the patriots gained foreign aid, the British Army enacted a plan by General John Burgoyne to put an end to…

Fort Frederich once stood as an emblem of British dominance over the colonies of the New World. The fort, named after King George the Second’s son Frederick Louis, was constructed in 1676 shortly after the takeover of the colony of New York by the…

Built in 1763, Schuyler Mansion was the home of Phillip Schuyler, one of the most important men in the American Revolution’s Northern Department. He was key in halting and defeating Burgoyne’s advances in 1776 and 1777, even if he doesn't…

Cherry Hill was constructed by Philip Van Rensselaer in 1768. Philip was a merchant by trade, as well part of the Van Rensselaer family. His lineage goes back to Kilean Van Rensselaer, one of Albany’s founders in 1629. Philip’s trade and status…