Welcome to the blog of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site!
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, restorations leading up to it, and restorations from 2017 on.
"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.
The General -focusing on any and all topics Schuyler (and sometimes Hamilton) that do not fit into any of the above categories.
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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