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This blog contains articles written by the staff at Schuyler Mansion about the historic property and its residents. You can navigate topics using the header bar. Our current areas of research are:

Restoring Schuyler Mansion: A Year of Changes - focusing on the museum's 2017 centennial anniversary and restorations leading up to it
"The Servants": The Enslaved People of Schuyler Mansion - focusing on the enslaved men, women, and children whose labor enabled the Schuylers' refined lifestyle.
Notes From the Northern Department - focusing on Schuyler's military career
From the Collections - focusing on the material culture of the home
Mansion Mythbusters - focusing on proving or dis-proving common historical myths
Women of Schuyler Mansion - focusing on the women of the Schuyler household, free and enslaved, who lived at or visited the mansion

Schuyler Mansion was home to Philip J. Schuyler, the renowned Revolutionary War general, US Senator, and business entrepreneur. He and his wife, Catharine Van Rensselaer, descended from affluent and powerful Dutch families. Together they raised eight children in the home. The Georgian structure, reflecting Schuyler's English tastes - was built on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. Originally situated on an 80-acre tract of land, the grounds once included an orchard, a formal garden, and a working farm. Throughout the Schuyler family occupancy from 1763-1804, the mansion was the site of military strategizing, political hobnobbing, elegant social affairs, and an active family life. The wedding of daughter Elizabeth Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton took place in the house in 1780. Today, visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the mansion as well as an orientation exhibition in the Visitor Center focusing on Philip Schuyler's life. Temporary exhibitions and public programs are scheduled year-round. 

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  1. Why doesn't Schuyler Mansion do something related to the play Hamilton that would be fun for everyone. For example, re-enactments with actors in historic costume, or singing song such as the "Schuyler Sisters"?

    1. Good afternoon. Schuyler Mansion offers a wide variety of programming over the course of the season. This will be expanded for our 2017 season, which is the museum's 100th Anniversary as a historic site. If you are interested in Hamilton, we do offer Hamilton focus tours, which will continue throughout the 2017 season as well as a new focus tour about the Women of Schuyler Mansion (including all 5 Schuyler sisters!). These tours will be by advanced registration, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates to the 2017 schedule. There are a number of programs this year which will feature costumed interpreters, including our annual Farm Day in the City and Fourth of July events. We are always looking for more experienced volunteers to make these events possible! As for interpretations that include songs, unfortunately, licensing restrictions prevent us from being able to use the music from the show. Again, our schedule of events is ever expanding this year, so please check Facebook's event page once the season begins (May 17th). Hopefully, you will find something that interests you!

  2. Are there any photos of my Father Clifford Schuyler or his brothers...Harwood or Charles?

    1. Unfortunately we do not maintain records or images of contemporary Schuylers, only the 18th century Schuylers and some of their immediate descendants. If you have any questions about earlier members of the family, we might be able to help there though! Please feel free to contact the site at (518)434-0834 for more information.

  3. Do you have a comprehensive Schuyler family tree available? Or do you have a research library about the family?
    Thank you,

    1. There is a comprehensive Schuyler family genealogy. We also maintain a library of primarily secondary sources for research, although the vast majority of our research is done through the New York State Library and Archive, Albany Hall of Records, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and other academic/archival institutions. If you would like more information about either the genealogy or research opportunities, please call us at (518)434-0834.