papier-mâché and the future restoration] and rich upholstery. The shield-back chairs and sofa are original to the family [read about the fabric on these family pieces, and see them deconstructed]. The furniture arranged against the wall would have been rearranged by enslaved servants to accommodate whatever function the parlor was serving at the time, whether it be military meetings or festive dinners.
This parlor served as the venue for important family events, including musical performances by the Schuyler children, baptisms, the funeral of oldest son John Bradstreet Schuyler, and the famous wedding between
Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler (both depicted on the South wall) on December 14th, 1780. This wedding was a small affair by modern standards, but typical of the time. The Schuylers who were present at the home that winter and Captain James McHenry, who accompanied Hamilton on his military leave, were likely the only guests. The winter setting of the wedding necessitated the use of the parlor, as the larger hallways had no fireplace openings and could not be heated.
Portraits of eldest daughter Angelica (left, with her son and a servant) and youngest daughter Caty (right, sitting in front of a piano forté) flank the doorway. Angelica became an infamous part of this family's history when she became the first of the Schuyler children to elope, marrying the dashing, young Englishman, John "Carter" in 1777. "Carter" turned out to be an alias for John Barker Church, and his hidden identity was likely the reason the couple did not seek parental permission, instead marrying in Greenbush and staying with Angelica's maternal grandparents at Crailo. At least 3 more of the Schuyler children- Philip Jeremiah, Cornelia, and Caty - followed in Angelica's footsteps by eloping.
|John Barker Church was a rakish figure who came|
to the Colonies under the assumed name "Carter"
in 1774. He was sent to the mansion to audit Philip
Schuyler's accounts on behalf of Congress in 1777.
You will pass through the Central Hall
Straight ahead, you will find the Yellow Parlor
Left will bring you to the Back Hall
Salon (Upstairs Hall)
Blue Chamber (Upstairs)
Yellow Chamber (Upstairs)
Green Chamber (Upstairs)